Relaxation massage is similar to a Swedish massage that uses gentle, flowing strokes and light to moderate pressure to help promote relaxation, increase circulation, and reduce stress. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist will probably move at a slower pace and use light pressure with the intention of helping to relax tired, tense muscles, and can be a great way to help you unwind from a stressful day.
During a relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or knots in the muscle tissue and the therapist 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 health benefits to a relaxation massage, including:
Calming the nervous system
Promoting a sense of well-being
Improving blood circulation
Stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, which carries away waste products