A weekly massage may seem an indulgence, but new
research suggests it can have major health benefits.
is a relaxation massage?
Most massage treatments will relax
you, among other things. With a relaxation massage, relaxing you is the only aim. For this reason, it is one of
the most complete and indulgent massages you can have.
Definitions vary, a
relaxation massage is usually a full-body treatment involving soft music, soft
lighting and aromatherapy oils. You will have a long, luxurious massage which
will use all kinds of techniques including long strokes, gentle kneading and
rolling of skin and muscle, and perhaps some rhythmic rocking from side to
Relaxation massage is a passive
treatment. You just lie there and
take it. This is the massage to choose if you just want to chill out, and be
pampered and spoiled.
is relaxation massage good for?
The clue to relaxation massage is in
the title. A good relaxation massage relieves stress and tension in your
muscles and will leave you oozing with a sense of well-being.
Relaxation massage achieves this
because of the general benefits of massage:
It improves your circulation, so
your organs and skin get more oxygen;
It moves fluid through your lymphatic
A relaxation massage encourages your body to digest its food, and get
rid of its toxins.
It will help you to sleep better.
A massage will also help
un-knot any muscles, soothe aches and sprains and encourage the skin to heal
It is a natural instinct to rub or
cuddle someone to give them comfort;
A relaxation massage takes that instinct
and runs with it, or rather "meanders" with it.
Before any massage treatment, avoid
large meals or alcohol. Drink plenty of water, which will help your body to
flush the toxins out of your body. It's also a good idea to give yourself
plenty of time either side of the massage, so that you don't feel rushed.
You should always tell your
therapist in advance if you:
* are, or
think you might be, pregnant
* have any
medical conditions or are receiving any treatment or medication
recently had an injury or operation
allergic to anything, particularly skin allergies
* have any
broken skin or sores on your scalp as this may affect the kind of
treatment you receive.
to expect from a relaxation massage
As relaxation massage is a
whole-body treatment, you will probably be given towels or a robe to wrap
yourself in. During the massage, you will lie on a cushioned massage or
treatment table and the massage therapist will employ skilfully-positioned towels to
protect your dignities. The important thing here is that you feel comfortable.
If you're very self-conscious or want to keep some of your clothes on, do. It's
your massage and you need to feel comfortable if you're going to feel more
A good massage therapist will work with
whatever suits you. The room should be quiet, private and warm. Unlike other
treatments, relaxation massage does not usually entail much discussion
beforehand. However, you should let your therapist know if you have any
particular physical problems, or are receiving any other medical treatments.
Full Body Relaxation Massage is generally a
one-hour treatment using Swedish massage movements to provide relaxation and
stress reduction, lower blood pressure, cleanse muscles, and many other added
benefits. Full Body Relaxation Massage addresses the stress of daily living as
well as being a great step to any wellness program.