Swedish massage is one of the best known types of massage in the western world, and is what most people in the UK think of when asked about ‘massage’. It follows the western concept of physiology and anatomy, rather than the more energy-focused eastern style of massage therapy.
The massage generally begins with application of a massage oil, then the patient is given a gentle, stroking massage that warms up their muscles and works to slowly release stored up tensions and knots, also called adhesions. Kneading, stretching, friction and effleurage techniques may also be used.
How can Swedish massage help me?
Swedish massage has several powerful health effects, including relaxation of the muscle and nervous systems, stimulation of blood flow to all areas of the body, pain management, and stimulation of the lymphatic system, one of the body’s chief methods of ridding itself of accumulated toxins.
Swedish massage has been used for decades to treat muscle spasms and cramps, sciatica, arthritis, and even sports based or accidental injuries. It is also one of the most relaxing, healthy ways to combat stress that has yet been developed.