Massage Across Southeast Asia

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"There is no denying that the spa and wellness industry is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. A skilled person can expect a lot of work opportunities in this sector."

Having followed my dreams and turned my passion into a profession, I get to explore some incredible places. I have to pinch myself sometimes and remember that my hard work is finally paying off. Currently, I'm the number one massage business in Melbourne according to TripAdvisor. It’s not always what it’s cracked up to be! Massaging requires continuous physical effort daily and hourly. You have to work hard and not get tired, be able to handle many customers at a stretch without compromising quality. I’m blessed to have a job I genuinely love and allows me to travel to so many of my dream spots around the world. I can’t always sleep in and read by the beach when it’s a work trip because I have too many obligations, including covering all my travel expenses from hotels, flights, food, and transfers. 

I decided to head towards Southeast Asia and visit both Thailand and Bali. I’ve heard they are fantastic holiday destinations to spoil yourself, and it’s still cheaper compared to the rest of the world. The first thing I think of when it comes to Southeast Asia is the picturesque beaches where you can relax and get massages all day long. The great news is that both Thailand and Bali have excellent massage treatments and beaches galore! I LOVE massages so much! Every time I receive a remarkable massage, it's like a mini vacation where I'm so calm and in a state of great comfort without a care in the world, even if it is just for an hour. The plan is simple. I only want six things; spend time planning the launch of my men's essential oils collection, spoil myself daily, sit on a beach, eat Balinese and Thai food, get to know the culture as much as I can, and immerse myself in photography. 

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Famous Island Massage Styles

After a little homework, I found a few places that specialised in Thai and Balinese Massage. My main priority was to visit a few resorts and spas so I could try different massage treatments by different therapists. If you are new to massages or tend to be thrown off by confusing names on spa menus, here are three popular options to consider: Balinese Massage, Thai Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. If you’re getting a massage to overcome stress, choose a Balinese Massage, If you want to relax and loosen up muscles, Thai Massage is the one for you, and If you have a sports injury and don’t mind your massage a little rough, the Deep Tissue Massage is your best bet. 

Balinese Massage

Balinese Massage is a vigorous massage with firm pressure focused on relaxing the muscle tissue, making it useful on achy joints and strained muscles. It also combines acupressure and gentle stretching to help restore the flow of energy throughout the body. Unlike Swedish or Relaxation Massage, Balinese Massage strokes are performed very slow and very deep with essential oils. The benefits of a Balinese Massage are: Relieves stress, Alleviates sore or tight muscles, Increases blood and lymphatic circulation, and Helps with sports injuries. 

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is one of my favourite therapeutic massage styles. It's a stimulating massage that works your full body. It combines finger and palm pressure with plenty of stretches to release tension. You will experience awkward body positions, BUT once the massage is over, you will feel extremely comfortable. Unlike most massages, it does not require you to undress, as long as you are wearing loose-fitting clothing. If you prefer to stay grease-free, you are in luck because massage oil is not used. The benefits of Thai Massage are: Relieves stress, Soothes muscle aches, Eases tension, Enhances flexibility and Circulation.

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Do you want to go beyond just relaxation, Then you need to try Oscar Calvo's Deep Tissue Massage at Elite Male Massage. This firm massage gets right into knots and problem areas of muscles using slow strokes and deep pressure. Deep Tissue Massage is an excellent massage for active individuals. It helps to release and remove built-up toxins from the body. It's also the perfect massage for recovery from injuries. The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage are: Reduces chronic pain, Increased flexibility and range of motion (ROM), Breaks down scar tissue and adhesions, Improved posture and physical performance, Rehabilitates injured muscles, Improves blood pressure, Boosts mood and relaxation, and Reduces stress levels.

'Everyone was incredibly friendly day after day in Bali and Thailand. What an unforgettable trip, both incredible and magical countries, and I can't wait to visit you again and again!"

5 Things All Healthy Men Have in Common

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Healthy Men

Most men take health for granted. While you are young and vital, health problems won’t affect you that much, but as you grow older, those years of not exercising and eating junk food will come back to bite you. Fortunately, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes.

If you ever wondered what healthy men have in common, you have come to the right place. Yes, exercising is one of the things, but there is so much more that men do to stay healthy. So, let’s check out those other things.

Taking care of their bodies

First and foremost, if you want to maintain your youthfulness, you need to take proper care of your body. All that sitting at work, in the car, etc. will harm your back and posture. That is why millions of men everyday go to massages.

People often think of massages as something that you treat yourself to once every three months, but they should really be on your weekly schedule. Massages can help you relieve stress, back and joint pain, improve circulation, and much, much more. So, make sure you start going to them at least every two weeks, but ideally on a weekly basis.

Nutrient supplementing

Eating healthy and nutrient-rich food will not only improve your body and health, but also your mind. Many men think that food is only for the muscles, but your brain requires it as well. However, sometimes even when eating healthy and diverse meals, you might be missing some nutrients. That is why healthy men use nutrients and vitamin supplements to make up for what’s missing.

Today, there are hundreds of excellent supplement companies, and you can easily find high-quality vitamins online. A small notice; you should do the bloodwork before you start using supplements, just so you know what vitamins and nutrients you need.

Active lives

Of course, all healthy men exercise. This doesn’t mean that all of them are in the gym lifting weights, but rather that they are living active lives. You don’t have to have 50 pounds of muscles to be healthy; any form of exercise is good.

However, the key is to be consistent. At least once or twice a week go for a run, hit the group fitness classes, or play a game of tennis, whichever suits you the best. Unless you have specific goals like building muscles, any form of activity is excellent for your health.

Healthy sleeping patterns

Most people don’t realise how important sleep is to our overall health. Unhealthy sleeping behaviour can deprive you of energy, cause health problems, affect your mood, and many, many other things. So, having six to eight hours of sleep every night is crucial if you want to have the energy for the upcoming day.

But not only that. You need to create and stick to a sleep schedule. Waking up early is one of the traits that many healthy men possess. That means that you need to go to bed at least by midnight. Another common thing that you will find among healthy people is that they don’t watch TV before bed or play with their phones. Instead, they read books.

Proper hydration

Finally, every healthy man is properly hydrated. Hydration is something that most of us do on autopilot. However, the majority of the people are not taking in as much fluids as they should be during the day. And no, drinking juice is not a good way of hydrating. Instead, stick to water. Tea is a good option as well, but you need to drink it in moderation, as some teas contain caffeine in them.

And that is all for today. As you can see, being a healthy male is so much more than just lifting weights. Your mind and body have different needs, and if you want to truly feel and be healthy, you need to address them all.

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.