One of the best things about being a beauty therapist is you can continually learn new skills, treatments and techniques to expand your offering to clients. One exceptionally popular treatment will always be the massage; the epitome of luxury and relaxation and a very lucrative skill to have. There are many different types of massage and they all have their own unique styles and benefits. Whether it’s for stress relief, pain relief or just purely for a treat, massages can be tailored to the client’s needs, and are a great way to earn extra income if you can do it professionally.
Types of Massage
Of course, there are so many forms of massage that it would be crazy to try and learn them all. However, we’ve picked out four of the most popular types of massage, which you can learn one at a time, and gradually expand your portfolio. These are:
- Hot Stone Therapy Massage
- Full Body Massage
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Indian Head Massage
Let’s take a closer look at each of these massages and how they can be beneficial:
Stone Therapy Massage
An incredibly popular form of massage for people seeking a good pampering session, the Hot Stone Therapy massage uses smooth, water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat, to relax the muscles and release tension. The stones are placed on the client’s back and shoulders and are left in place for a set time. They are also used to gently massage the client’s body once the muscles have relaxed and are more easily worked on. This type of massage is most suitable for clients who are looking for something that offers both an invigorating, and deeply relaxing experience.
Full Body Massage
The full body massage is exactly how it sounds; the client receives massage treatments on their entire body including the neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs and feet, targeting problem areas most. Combining long, sweeping strokes and muscle kneading, this type of massage is great for relieving stress and muscle tension, as well as improving circulation and general psychological wellbeing. Here the client can stipulate how much pressure they would like you to use and which areas in particular they would like you to focus on.
This highly popular treatment combines massage with a variety of therapeutic, natural plant oils, creams, lotions and sprays. During treatment the essential oils are absorbed by the skin, giving the client a stimulating or deeply relaxing experience, depending on which oils are requested. This form of massage can help with relieving back and muscle pain, migraines and even symptoms of asthma; making this is a great treatment to learn for clients with health concerns.
Indian Head Massage
An ancient Indian traditional healing method dating back at least 1,000 years, the Indian Head Massage relieves stress and tension in the muscles and tissues in the head, face, neck and shoulders. This is done using careful kneading and compressing movements on the head and scalp, as well as stroking facial pressure points. Like aromatherapy, the Indian head massage is great for relieving headaches, migraines and tension; it’s also a deeply calming experience for the client.
These techniques are incredibly versatile and can be combined with other treatments such as hairstyling and manicures to create beauty packages your clients will love. What’s more, you can learn all of these techniques with The Training Room’s ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy. So why not give it a chance and add a few more strings to your beauty bow this year?