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Swedish massage is probably the most ubiquitous modality when one thinks of getting massage. But what, exactly, does it mean? How does it differ from other forms of massage? And what are the physical benefits of Swedish massage?
Swedish Massage is a Unique Technique
Swedish massage refers to a set of specific techniques (i.e.: kneading, tapping, vibration, friction and stroking) meant to relax the muscles and help circulate the blood back to the heart for re-oxygenization. Swedish can also help shorten recovery time from muscular fatigue, injury or strain by assisting in the flushing of metabolic waste and toxins such as lactic and uric acids. Some other benefits may include:
- Calming the nervous system
- The firming of skin and muscle tone
- Relief of cramping and muscle spasms
- Improvement of range of motion
- Stimulation of lymphatic drainage
- Relief from stress, anxiety, depression and mental irritation
- Improving a sense of balance between the body and mind
- An increase in the ability to concentrate
- Improvement in sleep
Swedish Massage is Unique
One of the key attributes of Swedish is that it addresses the more superficial muscles, connective tissue and joints of the body rather than addressing deeper tissue. This can be more comfortable and relaxing than other modalities while still providing a variety of physical advantages.
It is important to understand that “relaxation” techniques are an important and functional component of physical health and well-being. You may be more physically comfortable with Swedish massage than, say, Deep Tissue but that in no way lessens the importance of the work on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems! By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, one can move from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest”, which is where recovery happens for the body.
If you are unsure as to whether your specific needs call for Swedish massage, one of our talented and dedicated massage therapists will be happy to guide you!