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  • Crescent Beauty Salon

    Crescent Beauty Salon

    Level 1, 168 Bourke Street, MELBOURNE 3000

    Proudly established in 2012, Crescent Beauty Salon has always offered the most innovative Japanese beauty services to a variety of customers in the Melbourne area. The experienced professionals specialize in…

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  • ENTA

    ENTA

    5 Lloyd Street, STRATHMORE 3041

    Elite Natural Therapies Australia or ENTA channels an Australian sense of health and wellbeing in Strathmore. The wellness company always encourages guests to explore many exclusive therapies such as cupping,…

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  • Pure Beauty By Jenny

    Pure Beauty By Jenny

    865 High Street, THORNBURY 3071

    Pure Beauty in Thornburry has been committed to providing its guests with the personalized attention that they deserve. All of the customized offerings including manicure, pedicure, facials, makeup, massage, body…

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  • Bamboo Therapeutic

    Bamboo Therapeutic

    215A Glenferrie Road, MALVERN 3144

    Bamboo Therapeutic is all about rejuvenating the mind and body. They specialise in traditional Chinese beauty treatments that use stretching movements and deep pressure techniques to vitalise your efficiency channels…

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  • Lowood Natural Therapies

    81 Main Street, LOWOOD 4311

    If you are looking for a natural approach to your health and wellbeing in a quiet country location, in south-east Queensland, Lowood Natural Therapies might just be your answer. Lowood…

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  • The CACI Clinic

    The CACI Clinic

    Shop 2, 210 Toorak Road, SOUTH YARRA 3141

    Serving South Yarra and the surrounding area, The Caci Clinic offers guests the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. The clinic's extensive array of beauty and wellness treatments include waxing, body…

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  • Le Beau Monde

    Le Beau Monde

    1/60 Hardware Ln, MELBOURNE 3000

    Situated in Melbourne, Le Beau Monde offers guests a tranquil and relaxing environment by incorporating smooth jazz or classical music into massage sessions. Since their establishment in 2007, the spa…

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  • Myofit Massage Therapy

    38 Lindsay Street, BULLEEN 3105

    Founder or Myofit Massage Therapy, Jon, is dedicated to making you say goodbye to pain and hello to a life free of movement restrictions. Based in Bulleen, Jon is a…

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  • Beauty Refinement

    Beauty Refinement

    28 Wembley Ave, YARRAVILLE 3013

    Conveniently situated on Along Wembley Ave in the suburb of Yarraville, Beauty Refinement provides the ultimate sanctuary for attending to the unique needs of men and women. The services includes…

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  • Blush Beauty Cheltenham

    Blush Beauty Cheltenham

    Shop 4 / 321 Charman Road, CHELTENHAM 3192

    Enhance your natural good looks, relax and pamper yourself at Blush Beauty Cheltenham. The lovely boutique salon will help you escape the stress of daily life and enjoy the finest…

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  • Liz Skin Care Clinic & Beauty

    Liz Skin Care Clinic & Beauty

    22 Crivelli Pkwy, ASHBY 6065

    Liz Skin Care Clinic Beauty, a female client only home business, is based in the north suburbs Ashby - Perth. The beauty clinic is focused on providing high-quality service and…

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  • Paradai Thai Massage - Brighton

    Paradai Thai Massage - Brighton

    154 Church St, BRIGHTON 3186

    Paradai Thai Massage is a family-owned and operated business that is located in the heart of Brighton. The company s goal is to provide comforting, nurturing, and professional treatments that…

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  • The Body Retreat

    The Body Retreat

    359 Nicholson street, Carlton North, CARLTON NORTH 3054

    Located in the heart of Carlton North, Victoria, The Body Retreat is a premier massage facility that specializes in a variety of services including stone massage therapy, foot massage, aromatherapy…

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  • Vibe Ayurveda

    Vibe Ayurveda

    6/54 Kilby Road, KEW EAST 3102

    At the heart of Vibe Ayurveda are holistic health and wellness offerings that are designed to restore balance and promote healing. The alternative health center encourages guests to explore a…

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  • Life Essence Natural Therapies and Counsel

    Life Essence Natural Therapies and Counsel

    27 City Road, BEENLEIGH 4207

    Life Essence Natural Therapies and Counsel's vision is to provide safe, effective, and scientific natural therapies to its clients in Beenleigh, Australia. By completely understanding the client's medical issues and…

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  • Orchid Nail Spa and Beauty

    Orchid Nail Spa and Beauty

    382 Centre Rd, BENTLEIGH 3204

    Orchid Nail Spa Beauty is located at the biggest retail area of Bentleigh. The salon proudly offers various nail works such as Shellac, SNS, Manicure, Pedicure and Organic Acrylic. They…

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  • Chi Flow Clinic

    Chi Flow Clinic

    84 La Scala Avenue, MARIBYRNONG 3032

    Chi Flow Clinic in Maribyrnong specialises in helping chronic pain and conditions through rare methods of neuro-muscular bodywork. The Bowen method is an off-switch for old muscle memories and habits…

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  • TM's Hair and Beauty Salon

    TM's Hair and Beauty Salon

    98 Ferguson St, WILLIAMSTOWN 3016

    TM s Hair and Beauty Salon offer the full range of hair, nail and beauty services in the heart of beautiful Williamstown. Offering a full range of professional and expert…

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  • Noah Therapy

    Noah Therapy

    20 Falcon Street, CROWS NEST 2065

    This exquisite massage and alternative therapy centre will definitely pique your interest for all the right reasons. They have tried to create a blend of the Shiatsu from the East…

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  • Serenity Thai Spa

    Serenity Thai Spa

    13 Chapel Street, WINDSOR 3181

    Conveniently positioned on Chapel Street, Serenity Thai Spa is a favorite among people in the Windsor area. As clients walk in the spa, they will be greeted with friendly staff,…

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Massage has been around for millennium. Some of our most common everyday activities involve massage in one form or another. The reassuring caress of a mother to her baby or how one consoles a troubled friend. Even a big bear hug involves gentle stroking or patting on the back. Only the most cold and isolated of humans can survive devoid of human touch.

Nobody will argue that receiving a massage is one of life’s most pleasurable sensations. However, the familiar singular therapeutic practice that is most common today, massage is a recent phenomenon. In fact, as medical practice, ancient texts reveal massage to have been widely used. Dated circa 1800 BC, a Chinese medical text called Con-Fu of the Toa-Ts describes in detail the purpose and methods of therapeutic massage. Reflexology has been depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphs, while India was developing the philosophy of Ayurveda which is widely practiced today. Moving on to the Greeks and Romans, massage was used widely as sports medicine and joint ailments.

Unfortunately, even in antiquity not all massage practice was “respectable” and the negative implication of massage took a nose dive during the Middle Ages. Behavior considered wanton or depraved were unacceptable and things didn’t improve much until the 19th century. Thanks to a Swede by the name of Pehr Heinrick Ling and his work with athletes, massage regained some of its respectability. Regarded as the “father of modern massage” his techniques are the foundation of European massage practice as we know it today.

Since the early 20th century, massage as physical and rehabilitative therapy has been widely practiced in Australia and is often recommended adjuvant medical therapy. Still, the myriad of massage types available can often seem more confusing than helpful. For the uninformed, a deep tissue massage is more pain than pleasure, while a relaxing aromatherapy massage does little to help severe joint pain.

To help you choose the proper therapist, spa or practice, here is a rundown of the most common forms of massage. And the less common, too.

Swedish – Gentle and soothing using long and smooth strokes. Ideal for relaxation and the best choice for first timers.

Deep Tissue – Widely used for chronically painful or tight muscles, Deep Tissue targets deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue with slower strokes and friction techniques. You might be sore for a day or two afterward.

Shiatsu – A Japanese practice using a rhythmic sequence of localised pressure on acupuncture meridians. Relaxing yet firm without the accompanying soreness of deep tissue.

Reflexology – A complex system of applying pressure to points of the foot which correspond to organs and body systems. Ideal for those who stand on their feet all day or experience pronounced foot pain.

Aromatherapy – Most commonly accompanying Swedish massage, the therapist adds one or more scented plant oils tailored to a client’s need. These essential oils can promote relaxation, relieve stress, promote emotional balance or give a burst of energy.

Hot Stone – By applying heated smooth stones to certain points of the body, muscles can be loosened and energy centres return to a balanced state. Comforting yet therapeutic, it is great for relieving tension with a lighter pressure.

Thai – Combining yoga and gentle pressure point therapy, the practitioner moves and stretches the client to reduce stress and improve flexibility and range of motion. It can be quite energising with many physical benefits.

Sports – Combining rapid strokes with facilitated stretching, Sports Massage is most common among athletes and those who work out often or injured. The attention is on healing, preventing further injury and improving performance. Pregnancy – An increasingly popular practice that requires special certification. Designed to decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and relieve anxiety and depression.

For those seeking something a bit out of the ordinary, below are just a few of the wide array of exotic and advanced options available.

Lomi Lomi – A type of Hawaiian massage becoming more widely practiced. Long and fluid strokes emulating gentle ocean waves, Lomi Lomi is performed and intended to release a loving energy and aid emotional release.

Craniosacral Therapy – An extra light touch releases cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord from skull to sacrum. Migraines and learning disabilities are but a few of the conditions thought to benefit.

Reiki – A Japanese technique based on channeling life force energy to revitalise, heal, and soothe. Accomplished with light or “near” touches to balance energy flow.

Tui Na – Also called Tunia or Tui Na An Mo, a traditional Chinese method to treat illnesses and injuries, even in children. Like other forms of Asian massage, this utilizes life force energy systems of the body.

Watsu – A type of Zen Shiatsu performed in comforting warm water. The water massages and supports the body while the therapist guides you in continuous stretching motions. The warm water helps decrease resistance to the stretches and helps loosen muscles.

Venik- Apparently not for the faint of heart, the Venik (sometimes called Platza) is performed in traditional Russian bathhouses called banyas. With the aid of a leafy birch or oak tree twig, Venik is intended to improve circulation and metabolism, detoxify, and intensify skin capillary activity.

Indulge in an elaborate Moorish hamman or retreat to a Balinese inspired sanctuary. From urban chic wellness clinics and grand European luxury spas, to spas where you could swear you were in a Thai temple. Bookwell is your premier source for locating and booking the massage or treatment that is exactly right for you.