Often referred to as relaxation massage, Swedish Massage is a gentle relaxing massage involving techniques to sooth the nervous system, relieve muscular aches and revitalize the body. Long, flowing strokes called effleurage are used alternately with kneading of the muscles, tapotement or percussion type movements and some gentle mobilization of joints.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding),petrisagge (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber)and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with joint troubles. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. Swedish Massage is perfect for promoting relaxation and the fine tuning of the body & mind
Swedish Massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management and for those that suffer high levels of anxiety or insomnia.If you want more intensive work and firmer pressure, ask for a deep tissue massage or to incorporate trigger point therapy into your Swedish massage.
Swedish Massage increases the oxygen flow in the blood in the direction of the heart and releases toxins from the muscles. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well-being.
Athletes often seek light pressure Swedish style massages to prepare their muscles before an intense workout. Following a major sporting event, competitors often receive a massage to cleanse their body systems of toxins that accumulate during heavy exertion.
Swedish massage reduces muscle tension and prevents the soreness that often follows in the day two after a workout. For people who have injuries, therapeutic massage relieves pain and speeds up the healing process, by improving blood circulation, removing toxins and relaxing muscle spasms in the affected area.
While it has been known by wellness and holistic practitioners for many years, the medical field is starting to recognize that we can’t effectively treat the body as simply a group of separate parts. By using therapies such as Swedish techniques, we can treat the whole person and their body systems and complement traditional medical approaches. This holistic strategy allows us to improve people’s overall health and well-being, whether their concerns are physical, mental or emotional, or a combination of these.
Application of pressure is contraindicated directly over sites of acute, active and ongoing infection and inflammation. Recent unhealed fractures, acute gout, phlebitis, and unhealed wounds contraindicate massage.
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