Anyone who thinks massage is not a science has not studied to be a massage therapist. To massage properly a therapist needs to know the soft tissues of the body and what they do, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system and much more. A massage therapist must fully understand these systems to be proficient but to perform a relaxation massage they must know the art as well.
Many times I have been for a relaxation massage where the techniques were very proficient but the experience uninspiring. There is no doubt that I leave with a much more relaxed body and that I am better off for the experience but there was something lacking, something that I went there for in the first place – peace. We live in a world where peace is a forgotten word. In fact many people actively pursue everything that isn’t peaceful because they forget how wonderful peace can be. Relaxation massage can return this feeling.
The art of relaxation massage involves using the techniques to change the mental state of the client. To make them so deeply relaxed they are near to being asleep. Techniques are long and flowing with the transition between one technique to another unnoticed by the client. The aim is to perform what seems like one technique for the whole appointment where the client is not being brought back to the body because of oil application or hands abruptly being removed or replaced.
It is not the therapist is working like a robot but more like a sculptor merging with the moist clay molding it firmly into being. While working the therapist has one thing in mind – total relaxation. The most popular styles of relaxation massage are swedish and lomi lomi because the flowing techniques are very well suited to relaxation but any type of therapy performed with the right care and understanding can give deep relaxation to the client. This even includes pressure point techniques such as shiatsu.
If your massage therapist doesn’t make you feel like you have been to the deepest relaxation state you have ever been then it’s probably time to search for one who can. Does your therapist look relaxed, is the music tranquil, is the studio quiet and warm? Massage therapy can be expensive so why pay for something that isn’t really as good as it should be. Choose carefully and have a fantastic relaxing experience.