Relaxation massage is essentially the same as a gentle Swedish massage. Swedish massage uses a variety of smooth, gliding strokes, with some kneading or compression techniques, designed to ease muscle aches and tension. The primary goal will be to promote relaxation, and the RMT will probably move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure.
There are substantial health benefits to a Relaxation/Swedish massage, including calming the nervous system, promoting a sense of well-being, improving blood circulation and stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, which carries away waste products. The increase in circulation helps supply the skin and organs with more oxygen creating a relaxing effect on the body leading to improved sleep and digestion.
During a Relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or knots in the muscle tissue and the RMT will not push your pain limits in order to get the muscle to release. Sometimes people even fall asleep during a relaxation massage.
A Relaxation massage is beneficial for the body to receive on a regular basis as a way of achieving optimal health and well-being, as well as in times of great stress. Relaxation/Swedish techniques can also be integrated into a Therapeutic Massage or Pregnancy Massage.