Relaxation massage is a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax. The massage therapist will move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure. In a relaxation massage, there is less emphasis on working out chronic underlying muscle tension -- the adhesions or "knots" and muscle restrictions in the muscle tissue. That's because deep tissue work can be uncomfortable, and during a relaxation massage you just want to drift away and feel good.
In a relaxation massage, the therapist won't push your limits in order to get the muscle to release. You might even fall asleep! It's a good choice for someone who is getting a massage for the first time, or someone who just wants to bring their stress level down.
Relaxation massage is also good for someone who get massage as a special treat once a year. It's not realistic to expect that you can get rid of all your knots in one massage. But to drift into a deeply relaxed state in fifty minutes -- that's doable!