WHAT IS SWEDISH MASSAGE?
Swedish Massage is a hands on treatment which consists of strokes of varying pressures which warm up the area of the body being treated and encourages relaxation in the muscles, this is known as effleurage. Tension can be relieved by rubbing the area with the tips of the fingers in small circles - frictioning, or by working directly on the muscles, moving them from side to side, lifting them up and rolling fingers and thumbs over them which is called petrissage. The final technique used consists of various styles of tapping which stimulates the muscles and prepares them to be used again.
Other than the release of tension Swedish massage also helps the muscles by increasing blood circulation around the body. This allows nutrients and oxygen to aid the development and repair of muscles more efficiently. As muscle spasms ease pain relief is experienced and joints can become more mobile. However to concentrate simply on muscular benefits barely scratches the surface of the numerous holistic effects that Swedish Massage can have on the body. Nerves can be soothed which can impact the full body, encouraging regular functions to work at optimum capacity such as digesting food, breathing, the heart pumping and the kidneys purifying the blood. The more relaxed the body is the less energy it requires to use to carry out such activities.
Swedish Massage has been found to improve circulation, joint range-of-motion and flexibility. It is a hands on treatment that incorporates strokes that first warm up the tissues and muscles and by applying different pressures can relieve pain and stiffness. It can reduce many common ailments such as stress, muscle tightness, aches and pains - even anxiety and depression. Recovery time from injuries can be reduced dramatically and regular maintenance can prevent injuries occurring in the first place, allowing you to continue with your daily routine.
Swedish massage also helps the muscles by allowing nutrients and oxygen to aid the development and repair of muscles more efficiently. In turn this increased blood flow improves the elimination of waste and toxins leaving the body nourished and feeling great. Respiratory, digestion, heart regulation and kidney purification can all work at their optimum as the more relaxed the body is, the less eneregy it demands to carry out these tasks.
Below is a short list of ailments that Swedish Massage has been known to assist with:
- Carpal tunnel
- Tension headaches
- Tendon and muscle tears
- Varicose veins
- Pregnancy-related back pain and other discomfort
- Sore or overused muscles (prevents and treats)
- Muscle injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscular dystrophis
- Hypertension and congestive heart failure
- Reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Lower stress levels
- Improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance
- Reduced fatigue
- Enhances immune system
- Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery
Swedish Massage has been found to help many conditions such as arthritis, stress, recovery from sprains and strains, skin conditions, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, migraines and constipation to name but a few.