What is relaxation massage?
Relaxation massage is a gentle massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax. The massage
therapist will move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure. In a relaxation massage, there is less emphasis on
working out chronic underlying muscle tension – the adhesions or "knots" and muscle restrictions in the muscle
tissue. That's because deep tissue work can be uncomfortable, and during a relaxation massage you just want to
drift away and feel good.
In a relaxation massage, the therapist won't push your limits in order to get the muscle to release. You might even
fall asleep! It's a good choice for someone who is getting a massage for the first time, or someone who just wants to
bring their stress level down.
What results can you expect?
This gentle massage stimulates sensory nerve endings in the skin, which transmit messages through the nervous
system and cause the brain to release endorphins. These are the body's natural painkillers, feel-good chemicals that
create a sense of well-being. Massage further aids relaxation by stimulating the body's parasympathetic nervous
system, sometimes called the 'rest and digest system'. Blood pressure decreases, heart rate slows, and digestive
activity increases. Relaxation massage also increase blood circulation and stimulates the body's lymphatic system,
which carries away waste products.
How many sessions are required?
For general relaxation your massage might be scheduled every three to four months. To help you cope with high
stress levels get one once or twice a month.
How does it work?
The relaxation response is a state in which your heart and breathing rate slow, your blood pressure goes down, your
production of stress hormones decreases, and your muscles relax. The relaxation response also seems to increase
the available level of serotonin, which is a chemical in the body that positively affects emotions and thoughts.
Does it hurt?
This type of massage shouldn’t be painful. If you do experience discomfort at any time, let your therapist know
No recovery time is required.
- Extremely sensitive skin or sunburn
- Skin conditions/infections
- Heart problems
- Varicose Veins
- Cardio-vascular conditions
- High blood pressure
- Inflammation, including arthritis
- Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
- Chemotherapy/ Radiotherapy
- Allergies (if yes state what allergies)