What is Relaxation Massage?

 Relaxation massage is all about relaxing. It focuses on giving the client time to recover from the stresses of daily life. When you experience relaxation massage, you can expect a treatment that involves: 

  • Long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing
  • Pressure that is deeply relaxing, but not painful
  • A treatment that is designed to soothe and relax you, not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying ailments
  • A therapist who also takes the massage environment into account – look for soothing music, warm luxurious towels, and occasionally the use of essential oils to enhance both the environment and the effects of the massage

A relaxation massage is exactly what the name implies: a massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for therapeutic effects or for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort.

The Benefits of Relaxation Massage

As with any kind of massage, the benefits of a relaxation massage can last for several days after your treatment. Relaxation massage – like other forms of massage - can offer the following benefits: 

  • Lowering blood pressure – at least for a while
  • Improvements to peripheral circulation
  • Improvements to skin tone and appearance
  • Improvements to gastrointestinal motility (bowel movements will become more regular)
  • Some reduction in muscle tension including the relief of muscle tension headaches
  • Improvements to any stress-related symptoms. This can include providing a gentle boost to the immune system if you undergo regular treatments.

How To Make Your Massage More Relaxing

There are several things you can do to make any massage more relaxing.  Most important, get to the spa well ahead of your actual appointment.  If the spa has amenities that will help you relax, like hot tubs, saunas or steam room, take advantage of them.  Build in time to take a shower.  Get cozy  in your white robe, and take something to read in the relaxation lounge. 

Love to talk?  Think twice about that during a relaxation massage.  It keeps you mind active, inhibiting the relaxation response.  Instead, focus on your breathing, or on every movement of the therapists' hand.  Sometimes when you pay close attention, it becomes a form of meditation for both you and the therapist, and you get a more mindful treatment.