Swedish massage is the best massage technique to relax the whole body. It is commonly known as a classic massage in many countries.
The name Swedish came from Swedish fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling developed this technique.
What is a Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is a type of massage therapy that involves different kinds of movement like percussion, tapping, kneading, rolling, and vibration to relax the body. Swedish massage relaxes muscles and relieves tension by using particular circular pressure and gliding strokes applied by the therapist. This massage technique improves circulation because it increases blood circulation through the body.
Swedish massage techniques
Swedish massage includes five main massage techniques which therapists use during the treatment.
Massage treatment begins with this kind of movement that consists of long gentle circular strokes with different pressure on the body. There are three kinds of gliding strokes, feather stroking, superficial effleurage, and deeper effleurage.
Effleurage is used to relax and warm up the whole body. It also increases circulation and relieves muscle tension. The massager will use oil in this stage to make gliding strokes easier.
The petrissage technique follows the first phase of the treatment and includes movement such as kneading, squeezing, and rolling. It is used to decrease muscle tension, improve blood circulation, and for detoxification of the body.
Friction includes short and fast strokes applied to the concrete area by finger and tumps. The therapist will use their weight to put enough pressure on a specific part.
Friction is ideal for areas such as the elbow and represents the deepest pressure used in Swedish massage.
Vibration techniques involve rhythmically shaking different parts to relax the body. The therapist will perform this technique continuously on particular spots on the body. It is excellent for spine relaxation and even can relax facial muscles.
Tapotement includes quick tapping movement applied across the patient body. This method consists of a different amount of pressure on the body and can stimulate blood flow and even increase endorphins.
This technique can be too intensive for some people. The therapist should not use it on veins and expressed bone structure.
Preparation for Swedish massage therapy
The Swedish massage typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and involves the whole body. It started with laying on the professional massage table on the stomach or back. You can explain to the therapist what you want, what kind of pressure, and if you want some specific area to be treated differently or to spend more time on some spots.
It is expected to be underdressed during a massage, and your massage therapist will let you alone to prepare yourself for treatment. You can keep your underwear if you want. Your therapist will put the towel around you and they will adjust it during the massage.
During massage therapy, your therapist will use their palms, fingers, forearms, or elbows to produce different kinds of strokes and movements. Oil is also commonly used to allow smooth strokes and protect the skin.
It is a recommendation to avoid heavy foods and alcohol. You can even go to the sauna before massage therapy to get better results.
Massage leads to the expulsion of water from the organism, which is why you need to drink plenty of water after the massage.
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Benefits of Swedish massage
Swedish massage is widely spread as a massage therapy that brings numerous physical and psychological benefits to people.
Health benefits of Swedish massage
Swedish massage can help with different muscle problems by relaxing them and stimulating blood circulation. Classic massage reduces inflammation by increasing blood flow to the soft tissues.
Massage therapy improves the range of motion and increases stretching and flexibility. It can manage different kinds of back pain and headache because Swedish massage stimulates the nerves in the painful spot.
Relaxing total body, massages can decrease blood pressure and increase the level of oxygen in the blood.
Lymph drainage is also a benefit of Swedish massage that occurs as a result of muscle stimulation and relaxation of tight muscles. All these benefits of Swedish massage are the reasons why many doctors can recommend Swedish massage for conditions such as arthritis, chronic headaches, and athletic injuries.
Massage can boost immunity systems and help with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and many more.
Mental benefits of a Swedish massage
Swedish massage is well-known as an antistress therapy and can help the patient reduce depression and anxiety. The gentle and circulating movement of the body can boost your mood, by stimulating the organism to produce dopamine and endorphin.
By relaxing the muscle and reducing tension in the body, you can feel more energized and confident and bring a positive attitude to your appearance.
Another benefit of Swedish massage is that it is ideal as a couples massage. With the help of couples massage, couples connect even more – mentally and emotionally, spend quality time relaxing together and leave the spa salon smiling, relaxed, and in a good mood.
Should you try a Swedish massage
If you are new to massage as a therapy and do not know what to expect, Swedish massage is the best choice.
Swedish massage is also overture to other massage techniques more suitable for your condition or desire. Swedish massage can be basic for deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage uses more intensive pressure than Swedish massage.
People with the following condition are not good candidates for massage:
- Broken bones
- Swollen parts of the body
- Heart problems and high blood pressure
- Problems with kidney
- Recent surgery
- Pronounced veins
- Diskus hernia
- Severe pain
Before the therapeutic massage, you should inform your therapist of any health condition you maybe have and consult with them about massage details.
If you are looking for overall relaxation, Swedish massage is the best choice for you. Practicing long-term Swedish massage can improve physical and mental health, reduce stress and increase general satisfaction.
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