Relaxation Massage

What is a relaxation massage?
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.

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 and gentle kneading and rolling of skin and muscle.

Relaxation massage is a passive treatment. You probably won't be stretched or maneuvered into any yoga-like positions, as you are, for example, in Thai massage. 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.

What 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.

How does it work?
It improves your circulation, so your organs and skin get more oxygen; it moves fluid through your lymphatic system. 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 muscles, soothe aches and sprains and encourage the skin to heal minor abrasions.

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.

What to expect from a relaxation massage
A full client history will be taken before your massage, don't skimp on the details, you never know what might be unimportant to you but very important to your therapist!
As relaxation massage is a whole-body treatment, you will lie on a cushioned massage table and the massage therapist will employ skilfully-positioned towels or sheets 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 relaxed!

Hot tip!
Go to the toilet before your massage. You will not relax if you feel you need to pee in the middle and don't know whether or not to say so!

The benefits of one relaxation massage can last days, but you need to give it a chance to do that. Try not to plan any hectic activity immediately after.