Swedish Massage

Definition of Swedish massage

Swedish massage may be defined as the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes using deep pressure. Massage has both a physical and psychological effect. The various movements, individually or in combination affect the skin, muscles, blood vessels, lymphatic glands, nerves and some internal organs, depending on location and the depth of pressure used. In general the pressure of the movements speeds up the body’s physiology, whilst slow, gentle movements are soothing, calming and relaxing.

History of Massage

It is thought that the word massage may have its origins in the Arabic word “mass” or “mash”, meaning to press gently.

In the 19th century in Sweden, Heinrich Ling developed a specific massage routine based on physiological studies and the practice of classical massage is attributed to him.

What to Expect

In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various strokes that warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and creates other health benefits.

Before the massage, the therapist will ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

Benefits

Swedish massage is best known for helping people relax and for repairing overworked or injured muscles. Having regular Swedish massages will enhance your circulatory system, meaning that your muscles, tissues and other parts of your body will get more oxygen delivered to them. It also stimulates your lymphatic system, helping the body to rid itself of stored toxins and strengthening your immune system. The elimination of these toxins and metabolic wastes shortens recovery time after intense exercise.

Regular massage is often recommended as part of an overall stress management program.

This treatment lasts for 55 minutes – €55.00

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