Relaxation styles of massage offer gentle techniques. The goal, or intention, of relaxation massage is to reduce stress, promote overall wellness, relax muscles, diminish pain, and move body fluids (such as blood) to nourish cells and help remove waste products.
Specific goals for relaxation massage include:
- 1. Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
- 2. Improved circulation
- 3. Reduction of stress
- 4. Enhanced sense of wellbeing
- 5. Improved mood (reduction in depression, anxiety, and anger)
- 6. Improved sleep patterns
- 7. Increased energy and vitality
- 8. Experience of comfort through touch
Integrated massage, also known as eclectic massage, is a therapeutic method that combines the principles of massage and bodywork.
Like other somatic disciplines, integrated massage incorporates physical, emotional, and spiritual elements. In other words, it supports a holistic mind-body approach to wellness rather than drawing on either a physiological or environmental viewpoint. Integrated massage involves the application of different hands-on techniques to promote physiological changes.
This is achieved by primarily focusing on the fascial system, or the body’s connective tissue. As a somatic therapy, integrated massage often coincides with guided movement and other bodywork techniques to help stimulate atrophied muscles and release compressed soft tissue.
In the classical treatment this gentle technique of long strokes, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and kneading movements are used to release muscle tensions, remove the pain and improve blood circulation. Rubbing between bones and strokes generally are performed in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It also just simply feels good. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes.
It also has specific clinical uses in a medical or remedial therapy. The strokes and manipulations of Swedish massage are each conceived as having a specific benefit.