What is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage uses the therapists hands to manipulate the tissues of the body, particularly the muscles. It can be used for relaxation, stimulation or rehabilitation.
The movements used in Swedish massage include the following:
- Effleurage, which are long sweeping strokes to help the therapist evaluate muscle tension and stretch the muscles.
- Petrissage is used to knead, roll, lift and wring the muscles to help free up knotted and bound muscles and soft tissue. These movements also stimulate nerve endings and aid in increasing circulation, that in turn promotes cell repair and regeneration.
- Frictions are a warming stroke designed to quickly generate heat, in preparation for deeper work.
- Percussion movements stimulate the nerve endings and bring a rich blood supply to the surface to help nourish the skin, connective tissues and muscles worked on with. The movements also help to break down adipose tissue and stuck muscle fibres.
- Passive movements help to increase the range of movements in joints by warming and freeing up the lubrucating fluid surrounding them.
Who can benefit from Swedish Massage?
Everyone can benefit from a therapeutic massage treatment, as a preventative measure to maintain good health or to help with a specific problem. Swedish massage is not only an indulgent pampering experience but works on all the body systems such as the lymphatic, cardiovascular, skeletal and endocrine promoting physical and mental wellbeing.
What are the benefits of Swedish Massage?
You can find a sense of balance and harmony through massage if you are feeling anxious or stressed. Swedish massage therapy is very effective at relieving anxiety and is often used to help alleviate the symptoms of stress and depression. It’s impossible to feel stressed during and after a Swedish massage. The pressure applied during the massage relaxes tight muscles and relieves tension. The stimulation to the skin is deeply relaxing, and it is common to feel a deeper sense of connection with your body during a Swedish massage.
You become more aware of the muscles of your body as they are massaged, and this helps clear the mind of anxiety and dissipate low mood. Swedish massage also promotes healthy sleep, which is one more way it helps the body heal itself. Whether insomnia or poor sleep is related to depression, anxiety, the onset of aging, or illness, Swedish massage can promote better sleep. This in turn can support the healthy function of the immune system, relieve anxiety and low mood, and support energy levels.
The movements and firm pressure involved in Swedish massage targets the soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments and on a deeper level the nerves and glands of the body are also affected. You aren’t just getting a great muscle rub when you have a Swedish massage. The functioning of the lymphatic system is encouraged as the muscles are stimulated and relaxed. Pressure is applied to your muscles in movements that are in tune with the natural flow of blood back to your heart.
If you’re suffering from muscular strain, Swedish massage can help your body’s lymph system flush metabolic wastes such as lactic acid and uric acid from your muscles. This shortens recovery time and helps you feel better faster. Regular massage helps increase flexibility, enhances tissue elasticity and reduces pain. Many individuals benefit from a greater range of joint motion and movement thanks to Swedish massage therapy.
Swedish massage is certainly a wonderful way to pamper yourself, but it is also an important and effective type of therapy for many people who rely on Swedish massage therapy to support good health and to manage a variety of health conditions.
As a holistic therapist, I don’t claim that massage therapy can help certain medical conditions. However, if you suffer from any of the following conditions these can be discussed these during your first consultation.
- Digestive disorders
- Fatigue and low energy
- Frozen shoulder
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Joint pain,
- Sprains or stiffness
- Lower back pain
- Muscle tension and strains
- Postural imbalance
- Skin conditions
- Sports injuries