Health Benefits That Massage Therapy Has To Offer

Massage by definition is the process kneading / rubbing / applying pressure by the use of hands over certain points of the body. For acupressure it could also be pressure points on the face, scalp, palm and soles.

Physical Benefits

1. In most of the accidental/sports injuries that occur, the rehabilitation process usually starts with a trained physiotherapist who along with exercises also massages the injured area with their hands or with cold/hot packs to relieve the tension in the muscles till the pain subsides.

2. Massage therapies are highly beneficial for an otherwise healthy person wherein brushing the body with thick bristle brush with bottom to top movements helps in lymphatic drainage, thereby increasing the immunity of the body against infections.

3. For the older generation who want to maintain an active lifestyle massages of the individuals joints help in maintaining the agility of the body and alleviating arthritis pain.

4. Massages are being increasingly used for sports persons just before they go out to play to improve energy, relax the muscles and help in quick movements for cricketers, boxers and kabaddi players.

5. It has also been proven that massaging the face and applying pressure on certain points also help in releasing the congestion in the sinuses helps in clearing blockages and an ease in breathing issues.

6. The world over massaging babies and infants before their showers is done so as to strengthen the bones, formation of ligaments that would in the future help the baby in taking the first steps to a healthy walking manner.

Psychological And Cognitive Benefits

1. In decreasing emotional stress that was caused by the trauma suffered by the patient. Helping the patient in improving the quality of sleep. The release of the pressure on certain nerve points also improves and clears up the thought process thereby quickening the recovery.

2. Relieving stress/anxiety related issues in public personalities before their speeches or appearances at high profile events with a gentle massage on the scalp and temple points.

Aesthetic Benefits

1. Massages like shiatsu and pressure on the face have also shown reduction in fine lines and crow’s feet if coupled with a good diet of fruits and green veggies.

2. A massage post vigorous exercise help in maintain body posture and alignment, thereby improving a person’s overall look.

The past decade the medical community has realised the importance of physical/emotional/ social rehabilitation through the various types of massages like The Swedish massage, Warm stone therapy, Deep tissue massage, Aromatherapy and have started providing majority of these services in-house. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Europe are including reimbursement of at least 50% of medical cost of physiotherapies and massages with their insurers like BUPA Arabia and EHIC cards so as to integrate them into the mainstream medical insurance system.

The benefits though would only last if the patient continues with the therapies on a regular basis just like his regular health checkups. These therapies have now improved the lifestyle and physical health of many and is also becoming an increasingly lucrative profession. Making it a point to get a body massage done weekly, just for the fun of it actually does wonders to one’s mood and a happy and smiling person is always a welcome sight.

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Alissa Jones is a passionate blogger who works on behalf of EHIC. She has been writing contents on the web professionally since 2006. As an avid reader and blogger, she shares her experience through her articles on Travel, Education, Technology, Parenting and many more.

Aromatherapy Massage – How Can It Helps to Relax Your Body and Mind ?

Having a stressful mind and exhausted body is quite common these days, all thanks to our hectic professional lift and overloading household chores. Is there any escape to it? Well, we actually cannot avoid all the tensions that come along with the work but an aromatherapy session can definitely make our weekends happier and better.

What is Aromatherapy ?

It is a form of alternative medicine that uses aromatic plant oils and other aromatic compounds for altering one’s cognitive, psychological and physical well being. Essential oils that are used for the massage are 100% original and have their own therapeutic qualities. They are available to cure almost any kind of sickness and that is why, these days, aromatherapy is becoming popular not only in spas but in homes as well. One can treat depression, asthma, congestion, insomnia, muscle tension and hypertension easily with the help of the oils.

How Essential Oils Work ?

When these oils are applied to the body, they penetrate the skin with the help of sweat glands and hair follicles. This way, they get absorbed into the body fluids. That is when their wonders begins. Depending on the type of oil chosen, you will being receiving different benefits. Some will help relax body and mind, alleviate stress and some will strength the immune system by killing harmful bacteria and virus.

Here are the most popular oils for mind and body healing:

  • Stress – Clary, Lemon, Sage, Lavender
  • Insomnia – Clary, Sage, German Chamomile, Marjoram
  • Depression – Lemon, Bergamot, Nutmeg
  • Lack of Energy – Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon Grass
Who Should Consider Taking an Aromatherapy Massage Session ?
This healing method is best for people who want to relax but without the strenuous muscle kneading session. It is a great way to unwind the stress after a hectic day at office. Anyone who wants to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of aromatherapy massage must go for a session once in a while.
How Aromatherapy Massage Helps Relax Body and Mind !
Inhaling essential oils has amazing effects on body and mind as the scent triggers brains reactions and helps in secreting relaxing hormones that further help a person take better control over his mind and body. Sometimes, different oils are blended together for better therapeutic effects. Since ages, aromatherapy has been practiced because it helps bring relaxation to a different level together.
Essential oils can either be applied to the body or can be inhaled, both ways are quite effective. Where the massage helps by first moisturising the skin followed by boosting blood flow inside the body, inhalation deeply relaxes and calm down the mind. 

Aromatherapy treatment is only effective when it is done with pure essence of oils and not those are synthetically created. Also, the method of doing the massage is quite important as a wrong way will not pay you much in terms of benefits. You can either book an aromatherapy massage session at a spa or bring some aromatic oils home and fill your room with their scent to relax your mind.
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Amy Screamer is a professional guest writer who is interested in writing articles about massage therapy on behalf of Holistic Therapy Cheltenham.

Passage New York – A Boutique Spa With Fashion Sense

Passage New York

I received an invitation from Passage New York which they are willing to give me one session of free massage in return for an review for their spa. However, as the entitlement was only for females customers only, I had to rope in my girl friend for the review which I took two weeks to confirm due to my busy work schedule.

Calming Experience

Front door of Passage New York
Front door of Passage New York

Despite located in the bustling business district, one feels calm when you have entered the spa, where there is serenity and soft background calming music. Greeted by the friendly staff, it just let you forget hectic work routine and give you a reason to smile on.

While my girl friend was being ushered to her massage room, the friendly staff show me around the spa and explained in details the services which they are providing. To my surprise, the spa has been around in the area for more than a decade and despite the competitive market nowadays, Passage New York has already proven their strength and services in long years of servicing.

Passage New York Reception Area
Reception of Passage New York – Greeted by friendly staff

Most of the staff has been working since the opening of spa and they have great products and services knowledge which they are promoting to the clients which I believe why they have many returning customers. Furthermore, their skilled certified therapists are trained properly to ensure customers leave the spa with a pleasant spa experience. I believe this factor is lacking in the spa industry whereby most of the recent players are looking profits through hard selling of spa packages rather than their services.

Passage New York Lounge Area
Waiting at the lounge area and politely greeted by the staff

Starting out as a single storey facial and massage spa, they managed to expand their premises during the last few years to a two storey facial and massage spa, together with a door front fashion boutique. This unique combination definitely produce an extraordinary experience to the customers.  Their current premises holds 14 facial treatment rooms, 7 individual massage rooms and 2 couple massage rooms.

Massage Treatments

Passage New York's massage & facial treatment rooms
Clients can relax or enjoy their drink while waiting or after their treatment.

Despite being a female only spa, Passage New York allows females that sign up packages to bring along their spouse / boyfriend for their massage and facial services, which they can deduct from the same spa package. Talking about this, the friendly staff was not convinced that I would be able to write a good review without experiencing the massage myself, thus they have exceptionally willing to schedule another round of massage session for me before I write a review of it. My girl friend, on other hand, seldom go for body massage has praised the therapists of her skills and was very satisfied with the experience.

Facial Products

Passage New York range of skin care products
Passage New York’s range of skincare products

One of the reason which Passage New York has been placed first place by their customer is their organic plant-based facial products which they have selected carefully for customers who have sensitive skin problems. Their products has also been proven to work in line with some of the treatments from doctors that helps to reduce skin sensitivity. Passage New York also respect the privacy of customer and they have several individual consultation rooms for query on Spa and facial treatments.

Passage New York Consultation Room
Consultation Rooms

Fashion Boutique

Fashion boutique of Passage New York
Fashion boutique located at spa front. Lined with exquisite dresses and handbags

Putting in effort as a complement to their facial and spa services, their boutique are also a no nonsense effort put in as well. Passage New York has engaged marketing designers to source for exquisite dresses and handbags from overseas. It creates an ultimate fashion sense which you would not find in general stores in Singapore. Though the fashion boutique is incorporate as a sideline business to their spa, they also provides tailor services to customer who bought the dresses and alteration can be done in the spa itself and be collected during their next visit. What a thoughtful act !

It is definitely a place which executive could shoved away their mobile phone for a while and enjoy the tranquil of the spa. Furthermore, it is walking distance from Raffles MRT and Tanjong Pagar MRT, it would not cause much hassle to travel long way for a good retreat for yourself.


Quote “Berishiok blog” during reservations to enjoy a luxurious treatment spa package only at $98 at Passage New York. The treatment spa package includes

  • Collagen, Lifting and Whitening Facial Treatment with Diamond Peel (U.P $380)
  • Complimentary Revitalizing and Therapeutic Body Massage (U.P $150)
  • Compliementary Leather Bag worth $450
  • Compliementary $50 Passage New York Voucher.

Terms & Conditions

  • Valid till 31st July 2013
  • Reservation is required. Please call 6226 0888 and quote “Berishiok Blog” during the reservations
  • Valid for female and first time customer only. Singaporeans, PRs, and EP holders aged 25 years old and above are welcome.
  • Complimentary Leather Bag are for while stock last basis. Designs and colors may vary depending on stock.
  • Passage New York reserves all rights to alter and amend any terms and condition without prior notice.

Passage New York
133 Cecil Street
#01-01 Keck Seng Tower
Singapore 069535
Reservations: +65 6226 0888
Monday to Friday: 11am to 9.30pm
Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays