Swedish massage uses a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles and increase circulation. Swedish massage works by applying deep pressure to muscles, that forces oxygen and circulation to increase and thus improves overall well-being after each session.
What are the benefits of Swedish Massage?
A Swedish massage is a relaxing and invigorating experience that increases oxygen flow in the blood and releases toxins.
By using gentle, but firm pressure, a Swedish massage can:
• improve circulation
• ease muscle aches
• reduce muscle tension
• improve flexibility
• create relaxation
Swedish massage stimulates the skin, the nerves, muscles and glands, while promoting health and well being.
When used for injuries such as muscle strain, Swedish massage shortens recovery time by flushing the tissues of uric acid, lactic acid, and other metabolic waste.
Swedish massage increases circulation without increasing heart load, and stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable.
A Swedish Massage is excellent for reducing both physical and emotional stress and can be used as part of a stress management program.
Swedish Massage – How Does it Work?
Developed by physiologist, Pehr Henrick Ling at the University of Stockholm in 1812, Swedish massage is perhaps the most popular and commonly known of all massage treatments.
The techniques of Swedish massage involve long gliding strokes, kneading of individual muscles, friction, hacking or tapping, vibration and effleurage.
• Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
• Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
• Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
• Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
• Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping
Passive and active movements: bending and stretching
Each type of stroke offers different benefits.
Is Swedish Massage Safe for Everyone?
In general, Swedish massage is considered relatively safe. However certain medical conditions require caution. These include cardiovascular conditions and heart disease especially in cases of thrombosis, phlebitis and oedema.
Pregnant women should avoid massage on the abdomen during the first three months of pregnancy when the risk of miscarriage is highest.
If in doubt you should inform your physician prior to seeking treatment.
Swedish Massage – What Happens During a Session?
During a Swedish massage your body is draped in a sheet. The therapist uncovers one part at a time, massages the area, before covering it up again and moving on to the next area.
Oils and lotions are used along with mostly gliding and kneading strokes in order to promote relaxation. A full body Swedish massage usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
Swedish Massage – Choosing a Therapist
Choosing a Swedish massage therapist will be dependent on your individual needs and preferences. Both men and women tend to prefer a female therapist.
Men because they feel uneasy with the idea of another man touching them, and women because they feel safer being half dress in the company of a strange woman rather than a strange man.
Salons, spas, health and fitness clubs typically offer Swedish massage or it is possible to have a Swedish massage in the comfort of your own home.
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