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Remedial Massage vs Relaxation Massage

Ever wanted a massage but couldn’t decide whether you needed a remedial treatment or simply a refreshing and stress reducing relaxation session?

Well here’s an explanation to help you decide exactly what you want!

What is a Relaxation Massage?

A relaxation massage helps de-stress and loosen up your body and is great for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC!

The treatment consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at your chosen pressure. It is a pain free way to relax both your muscles and your mind.

One of the immediate benefits of massage is feeling a deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.

Some of the physical benefits of massage include:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Swedish Massage Therapy

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is  accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

What is a Remedial Massage?

If you have a particular muscle tension or chronic pain a remedial massage may be for you. You will be assessed as to which muscles are giving you trouble and possible causes and a tailored treatment plan may be given which may also included stretches and strengthening exercises. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time, but the results are definitely worth it!

Conditions such as

  • sciatica
  • carpel tunnel
  • stiff necks
  • headaches,
  • sports injuries and many more can be eased with a remedial massage.

Remedial massage uses a range of Massage and advanced soft tissue techniques to remedy muscular conditions of pain and dysfunction. Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle for example repetitive strain injury and back pain, it is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.

This treatment is ideal for those whose lifestyles are demanding and tiring, by providing an opportunity to be unwound, have aches and pains eased out and achieve sense of overall calm and balance.