Swedish or Relaxation Massage is used for relaxation, removal of muscular tension, health management and stress reduction.
Swedish Massage involves a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish Massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating.
The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Some other benefits include shortening recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
The patient is required to be appropriately unclothed for the treatments, which would usually be for an hour, as oil is used to facilitate the massage, although longer or shorter treatments are also possible.
Swedish Massage Sequence of Techniques:
- Effleurage: gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
- Petrissage: kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
- Friction: circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
- Vibration: oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.
- Percussion: brisk hacking or tapping.
- Passive and Active Movements: bending and stretching.
Benefits in the body:
- the lymphatic system
- the digestive system
- the nervous system
- the respiratory system
- activates blood circulation
- activates the immune system
- elimination of toxins and poisons
- induces a sense of well being and harmony
Which could help relieve:
- neck, shoulder and back pain
- arthritis and rheumatism
- constipation and bowel problems
- breathing and bronchial disorders
- swelling and inflammation
- poor sleep
- general stresses and strains of everyday life