Swedish relaxation massage techniques are used primarily to induce a relaxation response in the body. This is why “Swedish massage” is often interchanged with “Relaxation massage” when referring to this technique. Don’t be fooled by the “basic” nature of the Swedish relaxation technique though – its benefits are many, including increasing oxygen in the blood, and removal of waste products from the body as a result of increased circulation, and gently reducing some tension in the muscle tissue.
The Swedish relaxation massage technique itself incorporates gliding and flowing strokes, circular movements, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction, or vibration/shaking of the muscle tissue. It tends to be performed with a mild to medium pressure.
Swedish Relaxation Massage can be offered as a stand-alone treatment if the client’s primary aim is purely to relax (please note that in this case, health fund rebates will not apply. Please see below for more details). However your therapist can and often will use Swedish relaxation massage techniques within a remedial massage. In this case the techniques are primarily used to warm up muscle and tissues before applying more specific remedial techniques to remediate your pain / tension / injury.
Relaxation Massage techniques are a great choice if you suffer from:
- Stress and stress-related disorders
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Circulatory issues
A Note on Health Fund Rebates for Relaxation Massage
Please note that you may not be able to claim a health fund rebate on a pure Swedish Relaxation massage.
While all of our therapists are Remedial Massage Therapists, to claim a rebate under your extras cover for Remedial Massage, a Remedial Massage must be provided. As such, a pure Relaxation massage (that is, a massage where relaxation is the only request and the clear goal) is not claimable under the Remedial Massage rebate. It may be claimable if your health fund covers for Therapeutic Massage or Relaxation massage. Please contact your fund to confirm this.
What is the difference between a “Relaxation Massage” and a “Remedial Massage” that incorporates relaxation massage techniques?
Many Remedial Massage sessions will actually begin with some Swedish relaxation massage techniques applied to warm up the area to be treated. Some may even be primarily based around Swedish relaxation massage techniques. However, please note that there is a big difference between a Remedial Massage where Swedish relaxation massage techniques are employed, and a pure Swedish relaxation massage.
The primary difference is the goal and reason for applying the techniques. A Remedial massage, by nature, must be sought out to treat a specific medical complaint or physical dysfunction. In some cases, such as in cases of anxiety, depression or other mood disorders, relaxation techniques may be the most effective to treat the dysfunction and achieve the desired goal.
In contrast, a Swedish relaxation massage is generally where relaxation techniques are applied to the exclusion of all other techniques, and purely to induce a state of relaxation and subsequent feeling of wellbeing for the client. Here are some other characteristics of Relaxation versus Remedial Massage:
- Relaxation massage will generally not focus on any one specific area of the body – the therapist may identify problem tension areas but will generally not focus too intensely on these.
- It’s quite common for a full body relaxation treatment be performed in 60 minutes, as compared to a Remedial massage where 60 minutes is usually only enough time for two or three body areas to be treated.
So if you ask your therapist for a massage “just to relax” or “destress”, or you just want a “full body massage” in your 60 minute session, please be aware your therapist may inform you that the treatment you are requesting does not meet your health funds’ definition of a remedial massage, and therefore we are unable to provide a health fund rebate for this treatment.
If you have any doubt as to whether the treatment you want qualifies as a remedial massage (and therefore is able to be claimed for rebate under your health fund coverage), please speak to your therapist or the Practice Manager BEFORE you attend your massage session.
Benefits of Relaxation Massage:
- Induce a relaxation response
- Induce a sense of well-being
- Calm the mind
- Improve quality of sleep
- Reduce Oedema / swelling
- Increase blood & lymph circulation
Therapists who can provide Relaxation Massage: