Relaxation or therapeutic massage is a form of massage that has therapeutic (healing) and health-promoting benefits. Another name for this type of massage is Swedish massage. The Swedish massage method is the basis of other massage therapies and was developed by Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776–1839) at the University of Stolkholm.
If you do not have acute problems that need remedial treatments, a relaxation massage is a perfect way to relax, rejuvenate and relieve any stress.
A relaxation massage is the ideal way to pamper yourself and take a break from the stresses and ‘busyness’ of life. It is also the perfect special gift for the person in your life who does not need any more ‘things’ to fill their home.
Relaxation massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage – effleurage (long gliding strokes), petrissage (lifting and kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping or percussive movements), friction (firm, deep cross-fibre or circular rubbing movements) and vibration (shaking or vibrating specific muscles).
These movements provide a soothing way to relax and release muscle tension and calm your nervous system. Increased blood circulation will also help your body heal and allow your mind and body to unwind and regenerate, and promote better immune function. Relaxation massage can help to re-establish better posture for people who spend many hours at a desk and who do not exercise regularly to release muscles that are stuck in fixed positions.
A relaxation massage can also include deeper tissue work to release areas where there are foci of tension.