Therapeutic massage differs from pure relaxation massage mainly due to the intent of the massage therapist, the particular problem that the customer presents with, and the different massage techniques used by the massage therapist. When scheduling your massage session it is important to let the massage therapist know exactly what type of massage you are looking for.
What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage is often focused on the rehabilitation of a particular body part and usually involves deep tissue massage techniques like trigger point therapy, and cross-fiber friction, aimed at releasing connective tissue adhesion’s and affecting deeper layers of muscle. Therapeutic massage demands that the client be an active participant during the massage session, communicating with the therapist about the pressure being applied and any pain that might be associated with range of motion. It can be extremely beneficial to those suffering from any number of injuries, including athletic injuries and repetitive use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is Relaxation Massage?
Relaxation massage, often referred to as Swedish Massage, involves slow, smooth, and more superficial, massage strokes designed to promote stress-relief and general relaxation. In fact, clients often fall asleep during a relaxation massage. Rather than focusing on a specific body part, the entire body is massaged with oils or lotions and aromatherapy is sometimes incorporated into the massage. Of course, relaxation massage can be very therapeutic as well. It can reduce stress, lower the heart rate, promote the movement of lymphatic fluid, and much more. There are so many benefits of massage that there are entire books written on the subject.