What Is the Difference Between Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage?

diference between relaxation massage and therapeutic massageWondering about the difference between Relaxation Massage and Therapeutic Massage? Relaxation Massage and Therapeutic Massage are mainly differentiated by the skill level of the person doing the massage and by the purpose.

Relaxation Massage is a service that can be offered by spas and other beauty outlets as a menu item, and is purely for enjoyment and relaxation. The masseuse may not have extensive training, license, or a degree, and their only purpose is to give you a relaxing and pleasant experience.

Therapeutic Massage is a service only offered by Registered Massage Therapists with a diploma from a school of Therapeutic Massage and with a license from the state in which he or she practices. Therapeutic Massage can also be enjoyable and relaxing, but it has a deeper purpose of contributing to your health and wellness. It can be a stand-alone treatment, or in concert with a physician’s care, physical therapy, or chiropractic care as needed.

Your RMT is a health care professional who will gather a health history, learn about your health concerns, and discuss what Therapeutic Massage can help you accomplish. Using this information, your RMT will develop a plan for you which may include home exercises and one or more massage sessions. Therapeutic Massage can help your body recover from an accident or injury; help relieve chronic pain; or help you achieve greater results in sports and also help you prepare for or recover from strenuous sports.

Drink Your Water

Girl And GlassDo you ever wonder why it’s so important to drink water after a massage? It’s pretty simple. Besides water being healthy for you, it has a lot to do with water helping to flush your system. You see when you get a massage your muscles release a chemical into your body. It’s the same chemical that helps you to feel and register pain. It’s called metabolic waste. So if you get massage, especially deep tissue massage and don’t drink your water afterwards, you can experience fatigue, achiness, fever, and even cramping. Clients will often ask how much should I drink? Well I usually tell them if you already get a good daily amount then I suggest 2-3 glasses. However if you’re like the millions of most Americans that don’t get enough then I would suggest at least 4-5 glasses throughout the rest of the day after the massage. Hate drinking water? Well as long as it’s not sugary, alcohol or coffee then it’s a pretty safe bet to help with flushing your system. An unsweetened natural brewed iced tea is a great substitute. So remember keep enjoying your massage and, as always, drink up!