Therapeutic massage therapy is different from a spa treatment. A relaxation massage generally uses classic Swedish massage therapy techniques. The therapist will apply certain amount of pressure, according to the client’s preference and give a relaxing massage. Such a massage can be done at a day spa, or at a resort. Certain treatments like a scrub or a mud pack can also be combined with this relaxing massage.
Therapeutic massage therapy, on the other hand is used to help the patient get rid of a chronic illness. For therapeutic massage the set up can be in a clinic, hospital or a private practice. The patient will be asked questions regarding their health. Once the complaints are noted down, the doctor and the massage therapist will design a therapeutic massage therapy which uses advanced massage techniques, that help to get rid of pain and chronic health related issues. In the beginning, the patient might require many sessions of this alternative medicine therapy which may last a few weeks or months.