The power of touch should not be underestimated!
The body responds positively to this type of work. Although there are those who say there is no difference between manual manipulations, therapeutic massage or relaxation massage; my experience suggests otherwise.
Yes, while there are similarities and overlapping components they are still distinctly different yet complement each other well.
Unmistakably, all three provide a hands-on, manual, therapeutic and relaxation element but the differential between them lies in their technique, application, frequency and even the setting in which they are applied i.e. clinic, spa etc. Although, they can be combined and are combined when necessary; each has its benefits and can stand alone.
For example, a predominantly therapeutic massage (i.e. a custom or spot treatment) can include manual manipulations (the overlapping component) as well as the use of other natural components (e.g. thermotherapy or cryotherapy) during the application to achieve a desired outcome (e.g. reduce, pain or inflammation). However, rarely relaxation massage techniques are used. Although they can be if the goal is to achieve the relaxation effect during a treatment.
A therapeutic massage treatment will consist of rhythmically applied movements with the appropriate pressure and technique to targeted soft tissue of the body (e.g. muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, lymphatic system) specifically to promote pain relief and improve the overall health and well-being of clients.
A therapeutic massage protocol at ARC consists of a multi-session approach over a pre-determined time frame with minimal interruptions between treatments to attain maximum results for you. That is essential in gaining and maintaining your progress while minimizing regression!