Phone: 613-672-2200

Relaxation Massage in Kanata & Ottawa

Unwind and rejuvenate with a calming relaxation massage.

Relaxation Massage uses light pressure, with the goal of inducing relaxation. Relaxation Massage uses smooth, long strokes through the muscles.  Its purpose is to gently release the muscles, calm the nervous system, relieve stress and promote feelings of happiness and overall well-being.  There may be other elements used such as hot stone, essential oils, and heat therapy.

How is it Different from a Sports or Deep Tissue Massage?

During a sports therapy massage or deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will focus their work on your specific area of complaint, such as a tension spot in the neck or back, or impaired mobility in the hip or hamstring. In Relaxation Massage, your therapist won’t work to the limit of depth in your tissues, and there is less emphasis on working out serious tension, scar tissue, and adhesions.  Instead, the focus is on light touch to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of our nervous system that promotes feelings of relaxation and calm.  The engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system stimulates the body to lower Cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increase Serotonin (happiness and well-being hormones) levels.  Both of these processes will leave the body feeling relaxed, calm and happy. A relaxation massage may even lull you to sleep.

relaxation massage in kanata

The Benefits of Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage promotes circulation in the body, improving lymphatic drainage by gently stimulating the skin and superficial tissues, such as the fascia over the muscle, and the top layers of the muscle.  Circulation can bring better blood flow and oxygen supply to all tissues of the body and carry away waste products that are produced in the body as by-products of chemical reactions in the cells.  In all of these ways, Relaxation Massage can help ease insomnia and promote tissue healing, mental clarity, emotional balance, and overall health.

As you relieve stress and tension through Relaxation Massage, you may find yourself breathing easier and deeper.  This is a secondary benefit of Relaxation Massage.  Deep diaphragmatic breathing promotes a further reduction in Cortisol levels and an increase in Serotonin levels, resulting in an even deeper relaxation.

In this busy, hectic life full of challenges on our posture and our stress levels, taking time for self-care and relaxation is important.  Relaxation Massage is a great way to do this.

Is it a Good Idea to get a Massage Before or After a Physiotherapy Treatment?

Enjoying a relaxation massage before your physiotherapy session can have therapeutic benefits. Thanks to the releasing benefits of a relaxation massage, muscles, joints and nerves will become more mobile. It will be easier for your physiotherapist to identify weaknesses and other areas of concern, and to access and treat your injuries.

The benefits of a relaxation massage after a physiotherapy treatment include increased blood flow, which aids in healing and it relieves stress, promoting a sense of well-being. It may also be a way to have your injury treated but still, leave feeling relaxed.

If you are considering adding relaxation massage to your physiotherapy treatments, talk to your therapist about the scheduling that will best support your recovery.

Combining Relaxation Massage with Deep Tissue Massage

Relaxation Massage can also be combined with Deep Tissue Massage.  In this combination, Relaxation Massage can be used to cause deep relaxation, thus making areas of tension more apparent.  It can increase circulation and warm up the tissue so that it is more prepared for Deep Tissue Massage.  Relaxation Massage can also be used to relax and calm the body after Deep Tissue Massage, to leave the body and mind feeling good following a releasing treatment.

How to Prepare for Your Relaxation Massage

  • Avoid coffee or other stimulants before your relaxation massage.
  • Try to have an empty stomach; eat an hour or more before your massage.
  • Plan to arrive a few minutes early so that you aren’t rushed. If possible, don’t schedule anything for the time after your massage.
  • Continuing to relax or even having a nap will only extend the benefits of your treatment.
  • Drink plenty of water following your treatment

Relaxation Massage has many benefits, but most importantly, as its name would indicate, it promotes relaxation. If you are ready to relieve some stress and forget about your busy week, contact us at 613-672-2200 or book online to make an appointment for a relaxation massage in Kanata.

Our Customers

See what our happy customers have to say

Unlike many other physio clinics, you can tell they truly care about helping you.

The team at Inertia physio has single-handedly fixed me. They're extremely knowledgeable and compassionate -- providing top-notch service.

Drew and his team are pros.

I really appreciate how the physiotherapists take the time to work on you for a full 30 minutes as opposed to the typical 5-10 minutes and then 30 minutes of hot towels and other automated processes you see at other clinics.

Hands-down THE best physio I’ve ever experienced!

I feel like I owe this place so much for helping to get my life and favourite activities back and will certainly never hesitate to recommend Inertia Physio+ to everyone I know.

I cannot say enough positive, wonderful things about Sarah and the team at Inertia.

I have been seeing Sarah for a few years and she has always put me back "together" from hip replacements, to knee injuries, daily injuries from having a son who is 6ft9 and has Autism.

I highly recommend Sarah and her team.

My whole family are action sports enthusiasts, mountain bikers, competitive skiers, rugby players etc, so stuff happens!  Sarah has brought us back from numerous injuries, from the minor soft tissue damage to traumatic multiple bone break rehabilitation and everything in between.

Super warming and welcoming atmosphere, every single staff member I came in contact with were so amazing.

Great service and all of needs were addressed phenomenally. Natasha was an amazing physiotherapist. Very attentive and kind. Highly recommend

Have a question?

Leave us a review on Google!
Your message has been submitted.
We will get back to you within 24-48 hours.
Oops! Something went wrong.