(i) What is Massage?

Massage therapy is the gentle application of pressure and manipulation with the hands of the soft tissue of the body, including muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. It aims to relieve alleviate (acute or chronic) pain in the body that may arise or build up through every day or occupational activities, including arising in the work place, to tired and aching muscles from sports and other recreational activities.

There are many different types of massage – from Swedish, thai, deep tissue to sports massage, each is designed according to the different wishes and condition of the client. For more information on each of these massage styles and more, I recommend reading Very Well’s guide to the Top Types of Massage. In addition, there are more traditional and exotic massages such as ayurvedic massage, which often apply hot oils over the forehead and other parts of the body to result in a very deep state of relaxation.

(ii) What are the benefits of Massage?

Massage therapy is particularly useful in alleviating stress, tension and anxiety, particularly after busy periods in the workplace where tension and stiffness can build up in the neck, back and shoulders.  The application of hands on the body together with the oils that are used has a very relaxing and calming effect. Better sleep is also experienced.

Following intense exercise or sports, lactic acid may build up in the muscles resulting in stiffness in the joints. Massage therapy can help alleviate this, restoring the muscles to their orignal suppleness.


3. Who does Yogibanker recommend for massage?

Esther Cato is the director and founder of Chamomile Couch massage therapy.

With nearly two decades of experience providing holistic massage to an extensive client base, she eventually created Esther Cato Wellness, as it was becoming more and more apparent for the need not just to provide high quality massages but to make clients see and fully experience the mind body connection.



Thania Tympanari is an experienced Yoga Teacher, an Ayurvedic Consultant and a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Her love for home cooking make her run fun Vegan Home Cooking Workshops, for those who feel, its hard and expensive to be vegan!



Xenia has been living in London since 2007, a great experience, as well as a big challenge. Being always involved in body movement and the awareness around it, Xenia realized that a big city, a hectic rhythm can easily bring off balance. This is how Ayurveda came into Xenia’s life..