A relaxation massage utilizes classic Swedish massage techniques. The massage therapist will use light to medium pressure, depending on the client’s preference, and the intent of the session is to help the client relax. This type of massage is often performed in a day spa or resort.
Clinical massage sessions are set up quite differently from a spa massage. Clinical massage therapy focuses on addressing the deeper muscles of the body versus a relaxation massage being performed with a light touch on the surface of the skin. This type of treatment may contain a large relaxation element but advanced massage techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial, and trigger point therapy are used to treat pain and chronic health issues.
A therapeutic or clinical massage practitioner has extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology and may see a client very frequently for the first few weeks or months. Heat may be applied along with cold packs to relax muscles and make them more responsive to the work. Your therapist is also qualified to advise self-massage techniques and specific muscle stretches to assist the healing process.