Massage makes a great gift because it has a range of benefits for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
There is evidence to show that it can reduce stress, relieve any pain you may be experiencing and even boost your immunity.
Plus it might not be something that the recipient would think to purchase for themselves, making it a wonderful surprise.
You’ll discover when you start searching for a gift that there are a number of different types of massage, each with its own range of advantages.
Perhaps the most commonly known technique is shiatsu.
Shiatsu dates back to ancient Japan and translates to “finger pressure”, however the technique offers so much more.
A therapist may introduce their knuckles, elbows, feet and knees as part of the treatment.
It’s powerful for loosening up tight muscles, getting your energy flowing and stimulating your circulation.
The idea of energy flow, also known as ‘Ki’ or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) is the main principle of shiatsu.
Practitioners believe that disruption to our energy flow causes illness and disease. Shiatsu frees these blockages and imbalances to restore energy where it’s needed.
However there’s no need to see a therapist, as you can gift someone a shiatsu massage to enjoy in the comfort of their own home.
Explore the market and you’ll discover a vast selection of massage products. Some are specific for back pain or easing neck discomfort, others are dedicated to relaxing the muscles in your feet.
Using massage nodes the tools mimic the hands of a masseuse to deliver a satisfying and realistic experience.
Another technique that can be gifted in a handy at-home product is percussion massage.
Percussion is a little less about relaxation and more about power, often described as “thundering” or “pounding” on wherever you choose to treat.
You’ll find it can enhance your athletic performance, make you more flexible and even improve your sleep.
By treating someone to a massage gun you can give them everything they need to enjoy the therapy at home.
Theragun is probably the best known name in the industry (we recently reviewed their latest range), however they are a little pricey!
Thankfully you’ll find a range of more affordable alternatives on the market that still pack a punch.
Not sure which technique would best suit the person you’re shopping for?
There are a number of places where you can invest in a gift certificate so they can perhaps try something new.
Alternatively you could treat your someone special to a massage chair.
Depending on the model you choose they often have the option of various techniques including shiatsu.
Though a fairly big investment, they are available at a range of different price points to suit your budget.
For further ideas and to help you choose the best massage gift we’ve created a shortlist of the top products out there.
On the list you’ll find everything from affordable tools for the scalp to full body mats for pure indulgence.