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What is a Relaxation Massage?

Health & Wellness
Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

Just like its name, relaxation massage centers on the relaxation of a client. It focuses mainly on giving the client quality time to recover from the daily stresses of everyday life. When you want to receive a relaxation massage, you can expect the treatment to involve:

  • Long smooth gliding strokes that are both rhythmic and flowing
  • Pressure that is deeply relaxing, but not painful
  • A treatment designed to relax and soothe you, but not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying conditions
  • A therapist who also takes the massage environment into account – look for soothing music, warm towels, and occasionally using essential oils to enhance both the environment and the effects of the massage

The Benefits of Relaxation Massage

Just like any other massages, the benefits received from a relaxation massage usually lasts several days after receiving the treatment. Relaxation massage can offer the following benefits:

  • Lowers blood pressure – at least for a while
  • Improves peripheral circulation
  • Improves skin tone and appearance
  • Improves gastrointestinal motility (bowel movements will become more regular)
  • Reduces muscle tension such as the relief of muscle tension headaches
  • Relieves any stress-related symptoms. This can include providing a boost to the immune system after undergoing regular treatments

How Much Does it Cost?

The price of a relaxation massage varies according to your location and the experience of the therapist, also includes his or her demand in the market. It is expected to pay more within a spa setting.

Can I Claim Relaxation Massage on Health Insurance?

Claiming relaxation massage depends on your health insurance policy. In most cases, depending on the billing arrangements, you and your massage therapist would need to prove that the massage being received has a noticeable and significant difference to the underlying condition. It is best to check your health insurance policy for more information.

Choosing a Relaxation Massage Therapist

Relaxation Massage Benefits

The meaning of relaxation massage differs from people to people. Therapists who practice various massages like  Swedish massage, Holistic massage, and Stone therapy are all likely to also offer a relaxation massage as part of their range of treatments. Relaxation massage can also be expected within a spa setting. The vast range of possible interpretations to the word ‘relaxation’ means it is important that you first contact any potential therapist and ask them about the massage treatment they are offering.

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Originally published on Aug 24, 2011

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