If you haven’t had a massage before the choice can be quite daunting. There is a lot of massage styles, techniques and overlaps. Swedish ‘or Classic” Massage is one of the best know massage therapy on which all other massage styles are based. It works the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses and muscular tension, and promote relaxation. Some use it to simply relax and unwind, while others have regular massage to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems.
Swedish massage is generally what’s considered a full body massage, as it usually works on all major muscle groups in the body. Rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart massage can increase one’s flexibility because it stretches the ligaments and tendons, and Swedish massage is specifically designed to relax the muscles. It also helps flush the body tissues of uric and lactic acid and other metabolic waste.
Manipulate the body’s tissues and muscles in a series of movements. It is meant to be gentle and relaxing. It uses a combination of long flowing strokes and shorter kneading strokes. Toxins in the body are released as physical and emotional tension melts away – muscle flexibility is improved.
Swedish massage promotes healthy flow of lymph fluid throughout the body and better circulation from the extremities towards the heart. Five movements are commonly used, effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration and friction. These movements help to relax, reduce tension and stress, aid circulation and remove impurities. Oil is also used to help to reduce friction and stretch muscles. The oil used will usually be a plain carrier or base oil.
A Swedish massage treatment can be either stimulating or relaxing depending on the movements used and the outcome sought by the client.