|Treatment versus Relaxation|
Here is a comparison of the two types of work (treatment massage versus relaxation massage), FAQ-style:
What is the difference between treatment work and relaxation work?
Treatment massage is focused on achieving goals, and helping you make significant progress toward better health, less pain, and increased range of motion. Typically treatment massage is used to reduce and eliminate pain, and recover from injury. Sometimes treatment work is uncomfortable during the massage itself, though after the massage the benefits of the work can be felt.
Relaxation massage is focused on making you feel good now, decreasing your stress level, and soothing your nervous system. This work is what most people think of when they hear the word massage. Relaxation massage is more pampering than treatment massage. Typically relaxation massage is focused on the whole body, and not specific body parts or muscles.
Is treatment massage better than relaxation massage, or vice versa?
Both types of massage achieve something different. Depending on your needs at this specific point in time, one may be more beneficial to you than the other.
Do you provide both types of massage?
I have stopped providing relaxation massage to focus completely on treatment work. Similar to wanting an experienced mechanic diagnosing and working on your car, you also want an experienced therapist to work on your body. When comparing therapists and their knowledge, the one who spends more time diagnosing and treating injuries will be more effective at diagnosing and treating injuries.
Will my insurance pay for treatment massage?
Typically yes. Please read the page for payor type which is appropriate for your situation.
Will my insurance pay for relaxation massage?
Typically not, since relaxation massage is viewed by insurance as being "not medically necessary."