Swedish massage, also known as circulatory or relaxation massage, is the most famous and widely practised type of therapeutic massage.
What is the main goal of Swedish Massage?
The primary goal of this technique is the relaxation of the body and stress relieve, however, there is a long list of benefits.
How is a Swedish Massage performed?
I will mix techniques as effleurage (long fluid), petrissage (kneading), friction and tapotement (percussion) strokes to sedate the nervous system and find the place of deep relaxation.
Using my fingers, hands, fists, forearms and elbows I will vary your muscle receptors and I will provide a mixture of feelings, which will affect the sensory receptors to sedate the nervous system and bring the body to a place just before falling asleep.
I will use different tools to vary what muscle receptors are feeling which enhances relaxation.
The objective of this massage therapy is movements going one after other covering back, glutes, legs, arms, hands, abdomen, face and feet.
How strong is the pressure of a stroke for a good Swedish Massage?
The pressure I apply during the session varies depending on the client preference to get their alpha state of mind. I will vary mine if you ask me to do so, as my main goal of performing this treatment is to bring relaxation to you.
The pressure will not be light, nor so deep so it can keep you from relaxing. The Swedish Massage can be deep but never as a Deep Tissue due to its goal of bringing relaxation.
What are the benefits of the Swedish Massage?
Receiving this therapeutic massage will help the body to heal itself because of the physical manipulation and stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems. This therapy will help to eliminate toxins in the body and to get a high level of relaxation, which makes your body to act as an open, receptive vessel in which healing can more rapidly occur.
- Stress decrease
- Back and neck pain relieve
- Improves sleep
- Flexibility and range of motion improvement
- Reduction of muscle spasms
- Depression decrease
Does Swedish Massage work?
Studies have provided evidence that relaxation massage may bring benefits for many conditions such as:
- Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
- Immune system issues
- Migraines and severe headaches
- Blood pressure
- Joint mobility
- Muscular tension
- Mental health issues
You can read more about these studies here