Swedish massage was created by a gym instructor named Pehr Henrik Ling. He started this technique at the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics.
What Is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage is a great massage as it involves firm, yet gentle strokes. You lay on your stomach on a flat elevated massage table with a cutout for your face. The massage starts long, firm strokes along your back and shoulders, arms, then down to lower back and legs. Halfway through I will ask you to turn over, finishing the second half face up for the treatment of your upper shoulders, arms and fronts of legs.
The strokes are done with either the flat palm or heel my their hand. Also with fingertips to deliver a bit more pressure to tight areas and to loosen and lengthen muscles.
The strokes of the massage relax individual muscles, while the overall experience eliminates mental stress, but they also replicate the movements of the circulatory system.
By performing the strokes toward the heart, Swedish massage drains metabolic waste from the limbs of the body. Some of the strokes used in Swedish therapy increase blood flow, which further quickens the removal of bodily waste.
You are booked in for an hour the massage itself last approximately 45 minutes.
Why is Swedish Massage such an effective form of Massage Therapy?
Fans of Swedish massage, and there are many, swear it gives overall health benefits and not just stiffness or muscle aches and pains. Studies have linked Swedish massage to a number of benefits:
- reduction in knee arthritis
- easing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
- lowering blood pressure
- boosting immune system function
- reducing tension headaches
- helping to mitigate the symptoms of fibromyalgia
- pain relief
- helps with depression
- reduces anxiety
There are five types of strokes used within this massage:
- This stroke is used mainly for oil application.
- Effleurage strokes are usually directed toward the heart.
- They are used more than any other stroke
- Usually begins and ends each treatment
- Used as a bridge between many strokes
- Accustoms you to the touch of my hands
- Allows me to search for areas of spasms and soreness
- Allows me to become familiar with the condition of your muscles
- Increases circulation to the skin and more superficial muscles
- Using effleurage can help to remove toxins from your body.
Petrissage – This is a kneading stroke that picks up the muscle and squeezes it. Usually done with two hands, alternating between each hand, but can be done with one hand.
- Milks the muscle of waste products and disposes of toxins and waste from the soft tissues
- Can help to free adhesions
- Increases circulation, (oxygen flow), and nutrition to the muscle.
- Along with effleurage can be considered a complete back massage
Friction – This stroke is also called a compression because you are pushing down and squeezing the tissue. Friction is a stroke that pokes through the skin and massages the underlying muscles. Along with this is the compression stroke that provides more circulation.
I may ask you quite frequently if I am ‘deep enough’ or ‘too deep’. Strokes are usually done in the direction of the muscle fibers
- Works the deeper tissues
- Breaks up adhesions
- Breaks up “knots”
- Increase circulation to the muscles
Vibration –Involves rocking with a rhythm at a slow pace.
Tapotement – This stroke is considered as a light blow or touch. It has a rhythmic method in which the edge of the palm is used.
- Can be used to excite the nerves
- Can be used to calm the nerves
- Increases circulation
Please do not pay for your session until we have booked your appointment in. Sessions are 60 or 90 minutes.
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