A myriad massages – but which is best?

Find out which massage technique is best for you.

Find out which massage technique is best for you.

Massage is an important component of any good beauty and alternative health therapy business and as such it's a significant component of William Angliss Institute's Diploma of Holiday Parks and Resorts/Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

Alternative health therapy is continuing to grow in popularity across the nation, according to IBISWorld. Industry revenue will reach just under $4 billion in 2014-15, says the market research provider. This provides an excellent outlook for those interested in resort management courses with a view to specialising in beauty therapy, particularly massage.

While the popularity of massage is clear to see, the variety of techniques that can be performed is not so obvious. There are a wide range of massage therapies that can be performed, but which one is best? Take a look at this guide to the techniques you'll learn at the Institute.


Aromatherapy massage revolves around the use of pure essential oils extracted from plants. During the massage, the practitioner will prepare a blend that is applied to the skin through treatment. It's believed that this holistic treatment can positively impact the physical and psychological wellbeing of recipients. The oils used can vary depending on the purpose of the massage, as different blends will invoke different sensations. 

Hot stone

This popular style of massage is designed to bring feelings of relaxation and wellbeing to the recipient. Volcanic rocks are typically heated and then placed on the client's skin, with different locations serving different therapeutic purposes. This style of massage not only relaxes muscles, but it can also be beneficial when stones are placed on acupressure sites. Physical and mental wellbeing can be enhanced when the stones are applied to the body's key energy points. Hot stone massage is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, and stones come in a variety of different shapes and sizes.

Indian head massage

Indian head massage dates back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Originally designed to help keep the hair in good condition, the massage has grown to cover the upper back, shoulders, neck, upper arms, ears and face, with firm, rhythmic motions working acupressure points. This technique can help to relax muscles and relieve eye strain, along with easing headaches and migraines. As with all massage techniques, stress can also be relieved.