Swedish Massage: “Effluage” your cares away
Swedish massage – the west and the USA’s number one.
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm.
In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the United States in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage.
What is it?
A Swedish massage has the goal of relaxing the entire body. This is accomplished in Swedish massage by lubricating the skin with oils and performing long gliding massage strokes, circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, kneading, tapping, bending and stretching all aimed at returning blood to the heart. However, Swedish massage goes beyond this. When you are relaxed, Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins and improving circulation. Plus, Swedish massage will warm muscle tissue, release tension and gradually break up muscle “knots,” leaving you with free movement and a sense of well-being. An important part of Swedish massage is communication. The therapist will check with you at every stage to ensure your Swedish massage is customised to your specific needs.
- Swedish massage has been found to release positive endorphins in the brain creating a feeling of wellbeing and positivity
- Swedish massage has been found to reduce blood pressure and promote general relaxation
- Swedish massage can improve the condition of muscle tissue and reduce aches and pains
- Swedish massage also improves the circulation and can help to reduce levels of stress hormones
- Swedish massage like most forms of massage, is a good way to manage stress. The massage promotes relaxation but also helps to disperse the stress hormones that are released into your system when you are in stressful situations