Massage takes many forms, can serve many purposes, and benefits many people, but in most massage sessions people will take one thing away no matter what: relaxation. The goal of restorative massage is, among other things, to leave people feeling stress-free, at peace, and relaxed.
One of the most popular restorative massage techniques, Swedish massage, is what people typically think of when they think about massage. The rhythmic strokes, percussive tapping and gentle kneading associated with Swedish massage are used to help reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation, decrease depression and anxiety, and increase mobility.
Restorative massage therapies can be brought into the office to help boost productivity at work and give employees a much-needed break, or they can be used to reach treat ailments in areas of the body that other methods of massage cannot treat. For example, modalities such as reiki, trigger point therapy, and foot reflexology treat your nerves, muscles, and tissues as transmitters; every calculated touch in one part of the body transmits energy to another part of the body.
Our therapists at SMART Integrative Massage Group are also trained in aromatherapy, which uses the natural essential oils found in plants to stimulate your skin and your senses. Research has indicated that these oils, when inhaled, can promote a number of beneficial reactions, from relaxation (lavender) to deep focus (peppermint).
Your massage therapist can combine different restorative massage techniques in order to create the most relaxing, most healing massage session for you. Be sure to read about the different modalities we offer and to talk to your therapist about your massage goals.