Swedish massage is a general massage system that uses a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles and increase blood flow. Swedish massage works by applying deep pressure to the muscles and bones by rubbing in the direction of blood flow to the heart.
What are the benefits of Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is a relaxing and invigorating experience that increases the flow of oxygen in the blood and releases toxins.
With gentle but firm pressure, Swedish massage can:
o Improve blood circulation
o Relief from muscle pain
o Reduces muscle tension
o Increase flexibility
o Create relaxation
Swedish massage stimulates the skin, nerves, muscles, and glands and at the same time promotes health and well-being.
For injuries such as muscle strain, Swedish massage shortens recovery time by washing tissues of uric acid, lactic acid, and other metabolic wastes. Swedish massage increases blood flow without putting pressure on the heart and stretches ligaments and tendons, which keeps them elastic and flexible.
Swedish massage is great for relieving physical and emotional stress and can be used as part of a stress management program.
Swedish massage – how does it work?
Swedish massage was developed in 1812 by the physiologist Per Henrik Ling of Stockholm University and is perhaps the most popular and well-known of all massage treatments.
Swedish massage techniques include long gliding movements, kneading individual muscles, rubbing, cutting or tapping, vibration and tapping.
o Shake: gliding motion with palms, thumbs, and/or fingertips
o Petrisage: kneading motion with hands, thumbs and/or fingers
o Friction: Applying circular pressure with palm, thumb, and/or fingers
o Vibration: oscillating motion that shakes or vibrates the body
o Percussion: Cutting or tapping quickly
Each type of stroke offers different benefits.
Swedish massage – what happens during the session?
During a Swedish massage, your body is wrapped in a piece of cloth. The therapist reveals one section at a time, massaging the area before covering it again and moving on to the next area.