What is a Swedish Massage?
You’ve probably heard of a Swedish Massage. But what exactly is it? Is it a massage style that originated in Sweden or something else entirely? You may have heard of Swedish Massage, but do you know the benefits and techniques? Explore this healing modality, and learn how it can be tailored to the body’s needs.
What is the Origin of Swedish Massage?
Swedish Massage did not originate in Sweden, nor was it created by a Swede. Swedish massage does not exist in Sweden. Instead, the term “classic” is used to describe massage. The term “classic” massage is not used much in the U.S., but “Swedish Massage” is the most basic and ‘classic” of all massage techniques.
Henri Peter Ling is usually credited with developing the Swedish Massage, which he did in 1812. It is not called Swedish massage in Sweden. Instead, it is known as “classic massage.” This fact shows that most people think Swedish massage is a general or classical type of massage. Swedish massage is what most people think of when they first consider a career in massage therapy.
What are the Benefits of a Swedish massage?
The muscles are rubbed with long, gliding strokes that return blood to the heart. Swedish massage goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage has many benefits, including increasing oxygen levels in the blood and decreasing muscle toxins. It also improves circulation and flexibility and eases tension.
Massage can be defined as manipulating soft tissues, including muscle and connective tissue. Massage can also be defined as the stroking, pressing and stretching of skin and skeletal muscle.
What does a Typical Swedish Massage Therapy Session look like?
Swedish massage is helpful for a variety of reasons. It improves blood circulation, which reduces muscle pain and relieves pressure on joints. Swedish massages also affect hormone levels and cause stress levels to decrease in many people.
The masseuse usually performs these strokes while the client is lying on a table covered with a drape. The masseuse uses massage oils to ensure smooth strokes and prevent skin irritation.
A typical Swedish massage session lasts on average 60 minutes, and 90-100 minutes if targeting a specific area. The massage session will start with a consultation, which includes a review of your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. Generally, you will be asked to undress while the therapist is not in the room. Many people leave their underwear on.
Swedish massage is usually performed in a sequence that starts with stroking and continues through kneading friction, vibrations, percussion, and then stroking once more before ending with passive movements. The Swedish massage is traditionally performed on a chair because the masseur mustn’t bend his back. Massage usually starts with the feet and legs, then moves to the arms and hands, abdomen and chest and finally, the back.
Swedish Massage Tools
Make sure the recipient is comfortable. If you want to avoid wearing clothing, ensure the room is slightly warmer than usual.
- Massage table
- Blankets and/or sheets
- Oil or lotion
- Soft Music
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine published a study in The New York Times that found that volunteers receiving a 45-minute Swedish massage saw significant reductions in the stress hormone cortisol and arginine-vasopressin, which increases cortisol. The volunteers also experienced increased lymphocytes and white blood cells, part of their immune system. They may have even boosted the immune cells to help them fight colds or the flu.
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