A Relaxation Massage (also known as a Swedish Massage) is designed to help de-stress and loosen up your body. A Relaxation Massage uses smooth flowing strokes, mild kneading and gentle manipulation of the muscles at a level or pressure that is of the optimal comfort to you.
Unlike Therapeutic Massages or Deep Tissue Massages that typically concentrate on specific areas where there is muscle tension (“knots”), treat chronic pain, or even previous injuries – the goal of a Relaxation Massage is to do just that: Relax You. In fact, some find Relaxation Massages so relaxing, they sometimes fall fast asleep.
There are 5 common styles of strokes involved with a Relaxation Massage. A typical Swedish Massage will last approximately 30 – 60 minutes and will work on most of the major muscle groups of the body.
5 Common Swedish Massage Strokes:
- Effleurage – sliding or gliding
- Petrissage – kneading
- Tapotement – rhythmic tapping
- Friction – cross fiber or with the fibers
Benefits of a Relaxation Massage:
The benefits of a Relaxation Massage can be quite numerous. Besides being a great way to unwind, de-stress, and simply relax both the body and mind, these massages also have other physical and mental/emotional benefits.
Physical Benefits of a Relaxation Massage:
- Loosen/relax tight muscles
- Relieve leg cramps, even treat in ailments such as Restless Leg Syndrome
- Improve circulation
- Increase range of motion
- Relieve symptoms of certain disorders such as; headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), myofacial pain,carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and more
- Relieve or decrease muscle fatigue
- Boosts the immune system
Mental/Emotional Benefits of a Relaxation Massage:
- Mental relaxation
- Stress, depression, anxiety relief
- Improved quality and duration of sleep
- Increased ability to concentrate and/or alertness
Benefits of a Relaxation Massage During Winter:
Anyone who lives, or has lived, in the Twin Cities knows exactly how brutal our winters can be. And, the fact (not to remind you) that the cold Minneapolis area winters tend to hang around for quite a while, is no fun either.
During these months, a Swedish Massage can sometimes be, “Just what the doctor ordered.” After all, when the weather is cold and dark, people tend to get a bit depressed, also known as, Seasonal Affective Disorder. If, or when, this happens, Relaxation Massages can be a great mood lifter and gives a sense of rejuvenation. Both seratonin and endorphins are released during a massage, which are the same chemicals your body produces when the sun shines.
As outlined above, Relaxation Massages can also help to boost a person’s immune system. Since a massage does increase circulation or blood flow, the white blood cells are also stimulated. These cells are the “guys” that help you feel better.
And, if these weren’t enough reasons to treat yourself to a massage in the dreary winter months, how about one more? Dry Skin.
In the sub-zero temps of a Minneapolis winter, our furnaces are working overtime, producing hot, dry air that has barely any moisture. Team that with the frigid, humidless winds of January, and “VIOLA” – Dry Skin.
When you have a massage, both natural and essential oils are rubbed into your skin. These oils assist in moisturising your thirsty skin when it needs the moisture the most.
Schedule a Relaxation/Swedish Massage
Whether it’s a stressful week in the middle of summer, a gloomy winter day, or simply just a way to treat yourself, Massage Retreat and Spa has several convenient locations within the Twin Cities area ready to pamper you! Call us at 952-995-9595 to get started.
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