[:en]Living in Hong Kong is exhausting to say the least. We work hard, play harder and it’s hard to get some quality relaxation time in. However, despite this we are extremely lucky to live in Asia and Hong Kong specifically due to the abundance of available spas and salons that don’t break the bank. Massages are perfect for breaking up that work-life balance and not only do they feel amazing and relieve stress and pain, but are also linked to reducing anxiety, depression and sleeping problems. But for those who have recently moved to our glorious fragrant harbour, and are new to the whole spa experience, deciphering which massage is for you maybe a challenge in itself.

So whether you’re new to Hong Kong or massages, here is your total guide to massages, and ultimately your start to total relaxation.

For beginners

The most common types of massages are Swedish, acupressure and aromatherapy, deep tissue and foot massages. All of these combine pressure points to relieve tension and pain in your body leaving you feeling relaxed, relieved and more centred- something that needs more credit in Hong Kong lifestyle.

For a massage virgin, Swedish massages are probably your best bet. Swedish massages use massage oils or lotions along with long large strokes. These massages are usually for those who prefer a softer and more relaxing touch for their massage, but always feel free to ask your therapist for more pressure!

Acupressure massages are for those who have specific pain or problem areas. This method of massage was perfected in Asia and is still used in some forms of traditional Chinese medicine. If you’re the type of person that likes to feel a bit of pain to really feel like it’s working then acupressure is a great start!

Aromatherapy massages incorporate essential oils into the massages for a holistic approach to treatments. Usually, a small consultation is conducted and specific oils are chosen for your needs whether that’s for relaxation, sleeping problems or even a cold.

Deep tissue massages focus and target tough knots and problem areas by the therapist kneading deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The pressure is a lot more intense than say with a Swedish massage, but the techniques are designed not to hurt, so if you feel pain- just say ah!

Depending on where you go in Hong Kong foot massages can either be standard to relieve pain from your feet that have no doubt taken it’s toll in Hong Kong, or they will offer foot reflexology which means that each specific part of your feet is connected with an organ of your body, so a small foot massage can make your whole body feel brand new.

For the adventurous

Whether you’re a massage virgin or a veteran of spas, it’s always fun to reach out of your comfort zone and try something new! The massages below can be easily found in Hong Kong but aren’t an “everyday” type of massage.

Hot stone massages use basalt rocks which are volcanic stones that retain heat well and are placed on specific points on the body. The masseuse also holds the warm stones while giving the massage to soothe aching muscles.

Thai massages are perhaps the most unique massage out of all of these on this list. For a start, pj’s are worn and there is no bed. Thai massages use a combination of traditional massage techniques and yoga poses to melt away those aches. Check out our same same but different guide here.

Something in particular

Pregnancy Massages are for, wait for it, pregnant women. These are hugely popular among women who are in large amounts of discomfort or who have trouble sleeping whilst in their second and third trimester. Check out our complete guide to pre-natal massages for more info.

With an elusive name like “sports massage” it maybe hard to deduce that these massages re practiced on people who engage in a lot of sports. Most professional athletes use sports massages to help sooth injured or over worked muscles but they’re becoming rapidly more popular in recent years since healthier lifestyles and more sports are being promoted. Check out our top spots for a sports massage here.

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[:en]Living in Hong Kong is exhausting to say the least. We work hard, play harder and it’s hard to get some quality relaxation time in. However, despite this we are extremely lucky to live in Asia and Hong Kong specifically due to the abundance of available spas and salons that don’t break the bank. Massages…