Massages for Relaxation and Stress Relief

Massages make you feel like you’ve been wrapped in a cloud and the “reset” button pressed on your body. Let’s clear some confusion about various types of massages:

Thai Massage


For a layman, every massage translates to relaxation. However, Thai massage is different, as it is more energising and rigorous in form. Also known as Thai yoga massage, in a traditional Thai massage, the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. “Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work, it is not just a massage but a therapy in itself. It uses yoga asanas to open the joints and relieve the tension in the surrounding muscles, which allows healing energy to move more freely through the body and also stimulates the acupressure,” says Prasanna Nagar, a yoga practisioner, who has also learnt Thai massage formats. Thai massage does not need any oil for the massage; it is a clothed form of massage and is usually performed on a floor mat.
  • Helps in muscle compression and joint mobilisation
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases energy and flexibility

Swedish Massage

This is the most common type of massage therapy, and what many people are thinking about when they hear the word “massage” or try to give someone else or themselves a good massage.
Swedish massage uses a combination of these basic movements:

  1. Long, sweeping strokes (effleurage), usually used at the start and end of a massage. Muscle kneading and rolling (petrissage), where the muscles are worked on just like kneading dough
  2. Friction, where deep pressure is applied to a particular spot with the thumb, fingertips, or knuckles
  3. Rhythmic tapping (tapotement), fast percussion movements like chopping and even pounding (could be distracting)


  • Stress relief
  • Relaxation
  • Releasing cramped or tense muscles

Deep Tissue Massage


As the name says, this massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and work out hard knots or adhesions that exist in those muscles. “By using the technique of kneading through strokes done by elbows, knuckles and fists, a deep muscle compression and friction is created along the grain of the muscle. This helps in loosening the fibres of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held tension points,” says Abitha Nair, a massage therapist. This massage needs to be performed on bare skin with either aroma or pain-relieving oil. It is mostly helpful to ease stiff necks, low back tightness and sore shoulders. “It is very important to drink plenty of water after a deep tissue massage as it helps to eliminate toxins from the body,” she adds.
Benefits :
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Helps manage pain
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves stress

Hot Stone Massage


During hot stone massage, your body is not only weighted down with hot, smooth stones, but the masseuse also uses the stones to massage your body.A hot stone massage is mostly relaxing, but it also is more invigorating than your run-of-the-mill massage, thanks to the almost-too-much heat bringing you back to focus on the moment instead of letting you drift off. The heat helps release the tension in your back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively.
Benefits :
  • “Centering” yourself
  • Releasing very tense muscles
  • Relaxation

You can get a great massage from any of these salons in Jaipur.
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Monsoon must haves – Footwear

The rains have arrived and that can only mean one thing. It’s time to pack away your leather and canvas shoes and get ready for the monsoons. But there’s no need to dread ruining your look with ugly monsoon shoes because we have some funky choices just for you.

Kitschy Flip-Flops

Who says flip-flops are just meant for running errands? We say, if you wish to give yourself a peppy look, opt for the tip-tap-toe flip-pies. From candy colors to crazy designs, flip-flops these days lend you a cool, carefree look for the chic and cutesy appeal. Remember to wear them with funky outfits and offbeat accessories.

Rubber or plastic shoes/ballerinas

During this weather, it is always highly recommendable to purchase footwear procured using rubber or plastics in the upper or outsole. Rubber outsoles are anti slippery and would prevent the feet from slipping and adventitious injuries. The synthetic uppers resemble leather but this synthetic material can be cleaned using a damp cloth which prevents the footwear from deterioration. These would be highly durable and flexible providing anti slippage properties.


Crocs are a better option for the rains. They are essentially rubber, and their grip is also better, so they won’t slip from your foot when both are wet with rain water. Colourful options with holes on top make them a style statement for monsoon.

With a formal outfit, you can wear sandals with straps as they would be firm on your feet. Go for slip-resistant sandals and check that your wet feet don’t slip even inside the footwear.


  • Avoid wearing heels in rainy season. But, if you just cannot resist wearing heels then go for slip-resistant sandals of heels not over 2 inches.
  • Avoid wearing leather footwear as much as possible since the material gets easily infected with fungus and bacteria. They have a tendency to support bacteria because of the moisture.Still have passion for leather footwear, look out for Waterproof shoes. The waterproof range of well-known brands is quite stylish and perfect for a rainy day.
  • Formal shoes made of waterproof leather and shoes with foam base that are odor-resistant are a huge hit with office-goers.