Having a massage is synonymous with relaxation, but did you know that massage itself can be divided into more than 80 distinct methods? It seems a staggering number (I certainly couldn’t name them all!) and it can be very confusing when trying to choose what’s best for you. Here, I want to explore the difference between 2 of the “types”. While what I practice, Clinical Massage, by its very nature will give you a sense of wellbeing by keeping your muscles in good shape, Spa Massage is designed specifically as a relaxation technique.
Let’s look at this in more detail……….
Spa massage is very much a treat we can give ourselves: a bit of “me time” which we all deserve. We can enjoy some time out where we can drift away beneath the soothing hands of the therapist, often in a subtly-lit treatment room with gentle music playing in the background, aromatherapy oils permeating the air… an indulgence for the senses.
Clinical massage on the other hand focuses specifically on physical wellbeing: keeping your muscles in good shape. This can mean helping to ease a specific existing problem, helping to protect against future injury or maintaining muscle quality so you can keep on doing all the things you want and need to do in your everyday life.
Here’s one of my favourite definitions, courtesy of study.com:
Clinical massage therapy uniquely focuses on the treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop, augment or rehabilitate the patient’s physical function. Clinical massage therapy can improve the functioning of joints and muscles, the healing process, metabolism and circulation.
In my view, it does NOT involve inflicting pain! After all, pain is the body’s way of telling you something’s wrong: massage should not cause damage.
Whether you enjoy playing sport, keeping generally active, or you feel the effects of sitting in a car or at a desk for long periods of time, your muscles can benefit from being looked after through clinical massage techniques. And the bonus? You’ll also feel great afterwards!
Take a look at this page to find out more about how clinical massage, or what I like to call Massage Therapy, helps improve:
- muscle quality
- scar and tissue damage
- drainage of waste products from the lymph system