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.

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