Massage Therapy and Relaxation Massage
(Performed by an RMT)
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700′s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.
Relaxation Spa Massage
(Performed by an RMT or Aesthetician)
Relaxation massage consists of the use of smooth, gliding strokes. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist or practitioner will probably move at a slower pace and use light to moderate pressure.
During a relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or knots in the muscle tissue and the therapist or practitioner won't push your pain limits in order to get the muscle to release. Sometimes people even fall asleep during a relaxation massage.
There are still substantial benefits to a relaxation massage, including calming the nervous system, promoting a sense of well being, improving blood circulation and stimulating the body's lymphatic system, which carries away waste products