The Best Massages for Stress Relief
We asked our founder, Elle Marie, which massages she recommends for the best relief from stress. Here are her top three choices to help you find your inner zen.

At Elle Marie Spa, we believe that taking care of your body and mind should be part of your regular routine. That means, offering access to daily self-love treatments and premium spa services, at prices that won't break the bank.

Of course, self-care looks different for everyone. But if you're having trouble with stress or tension, massage can be one of the best ways you can support your tired body. Regular massage treatments can also help you be proactive about regulating your stress and nourishing your muscles before your body becomes overworked.

In this article, we'll review three of our top recommended treatments to help mitigate the stress in your life.

What Are the Best Massages to Relieve Stress? 

When it comes to bringing calm to your body and releasing tension in your muscles, our team recommends one of the three following treatments:

  1. Swedish
  2. Custom
  3. Deep Tissue

Read on to learn how each of these massages differ, and to determine which may be the best option for you and your body.

1. Swedish Massage

A Swedish massage applies pressure to the topmost layers of your muscles in order to stimulate your body's blood flow.

During your treatment, your masseuse will use long, soft strokes that knead your muscles, as well as more rhythmic, tapping strokes. Typically, these techniques are combined with movement of your joints.

Stress-Relieving Benefits of Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy primarily helps relieve tension in your muscles, allowing for both a relaxing and energizing experience.

2. Custom Massage

Custom massages are unique to each individual, meaning that your masseuse can alter the treatment to target your problem areas. Typically, this type of therapy also incorporates elements of stretching, as well as massage.

Stress-Relieving Benefits of Custom Massage

As this type of massage therapy is completely customized to your body's wants and needs, it can help with a range of benefits, including tension release, blood flow, enhanced mental clarity, and more. 

3. Deep-Tissue Massage

Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep-tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. Your masseuse will apply focused pressure to the deeper layers of muscle in your body, as well as to connective tissue.

Stress-Relieving Benefits of Deep-Tissue Massage

Deep-tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits, as it can help with with sports injuries, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, high blood pressure, sciatica, and tennis elbow. 

FAQs About Our Massage Treatments

How long should my massage be?

We offer our Swedish, Custom and Deep-Tissue Massages in treatment lengths of 30 minutes, 50 minutes and 80 minutes.

If you're coming in for a minor tune-up, 30 minutes may be sufficient to get you feeling nice and relaxed. However, if you're feeling more stress in your body, the longer the session, the better.

What's the best way to book my appointment?

Booking online through our website is one of the easiest ways to get your appointment scheduled. You can also call us at 310-316-4000 during business hours.

Do I need to fill out any forms?

Yes! Filing out our Intake Forms & Waivers ahead of your appointment will help streamline your experience when you arrive for your treatment.

Do I need to do anything special after I get a massage?

Yes, try to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and help flush out any toxins released during your massage.

How often should I get a massage?

The frequency of massage treatments depends on your individual needs. If you're looking to maintain a regular routine for you-time and relaxation, once a month may be a good place to start. For specific muscle-tension issues, more frequent therapy may be required.

Can I get a massage if I'm pregnant?

Yes! Our team offers a custom-designed Prenatal Massage for all you Mamas-to-Be! Using a gentle but firm approach, our Prenatal Massages are 50-minutes long and will tackle all your problem areas.

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June 19, 2024 — Kara Sy