Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage techniques vary other massage techniques in that it is more specific in the order in

which the massage performed. These techniques allow for deeper pressure than other kind of massages. Swedish massages are known to increase oxygenation of blood and release metabolic waste such as lactic and uric acids from the muscle tissue.

This release can be particularly important for athletes who find that exercise causes build-up of lactic acids in the muscles. A Swedish massage can dislodge and replace with fresh oxygenated blood.

Swedish massage techniques help not only relieve physical stress but also emotional stress and may have other medical and therapeutic benefits.

Swedish massage is known to reducing joint pain and stiffness. This has proven helpful for clients with arthritis, especially osteoarthritis.

Swedish massage is considered the ‘Classic Massage’ in spas.

 

There are 5 main Swedish massage techniques developed by Swedish doctor Pehr Henrik Ling:

Effleurage

This is a sliding or gliding Swedish massage techniques that cover different areas of the body. Thistechnique involves long sweeping strokes alternating between firm and light pressure. This technique is performed using the palm of the hand or the fingertips. The knots and tension in the muscles will get broken up with this massage technique.

Petrissage

This technique is kneading the muscles to attain deeper massage penetration. The therapists thumbs and knuckles of the fingers are used to knead the muscles and to squeeze them to prepare them for the other Swedish massage techniques that follow.

Tapotement or Rhythmic Tapping
This technique of Swedish massage consists of rhythmic tapping that uses the fists of cupped hands. This will not only loosen and relax the muscles being manipulated, but also energize them. The therapist will use the sides of their hands are used in this massage technique.

Friction
This move creates heat to bring about relaxation of the muscles. The palms of the hand are rubbed together vigorously with each other, or they are rubbed onto the skin of the person being massaged in order to produce heat by friction. This technique is used as a warm up for the muscles of the body to be treated for deeper massage.

Vibration or Shaking
This is helps to loosen up the muscles by using a back and forth action of the fingertips or the heel of the hand over the skin. The muscles of the body is literally shaken up to loosen and relax the muscles. The sides of the hand, or any part of the hand such as the tips or heel can be used by the massage therapist to shake up the muscles of the person.

 

Benefits Of Swedish Massage

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. Swedish massage techniques increase circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.

Circulatory System
Increases circulation lowers blood pressure
Emphasizes the elimination of metabolic wastes.
Improves the lymphatic system which removes waste from the body thereby less swelling from injury

Endocrine System
Releases endorphins
Stretches and elongates muscles
Stimulates parasympathetic nervous system
Reduction in pain
Helps improve weak muscles
Supports relaxation and improves sleep

Muscular System
Alleviates the restriction of muscles, improves range of motion
Enhances blood circulation
Increases flexibility and durability of muscles
Delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles which reduces muscle fatigue and soreness.

Respiratory System
Stimulates slower breathing
Breaks up mucus and other respiratory discharge in the lungs.
Allows the body to become relaxed and begin the repairing process
Helps you to rid your body of mucous and viral toxins at a faster rate

Digestion/Elimination
Can relieve colic and gas as well as constipation
Promotes better digestion

Psychological
Relaxes body and mind
Improves all over well-being of the individual
You will feel a sense of relief from inner tension and stress

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