Massage therapy is on the rise and the health benefits of massage are being recognized by the medical society.
Swedish Massage Techniques
Swedish massage is often referred to as the “relaxing Massage”.
The goal of a Swedish massage is to push the flow of blood towards the heart. To accomplish this, the massage therapist will use light to firm pressure and long, smooth strokes rubbing in the same direction of the blood flow returning to the heart. The massage therapist may also use light chopping motions, active and passive joint movements, stretching or kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles.
Health Benefits of Swedish Massage
The health benefits derived from Swedish massage are improved circulation which will aid in reducing the swelling caused by certain injuries and will help dissolve scar tissue caused by certain types of injuries. Swedish massage also relaxes and reduces the stress of the massage client which aids in controlling high blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. During a treatment, the body’s nerves are stimulated and soothed at the same time, allowing for stress release from the body’s muscles and providing for an overall stress reduction and sense of well-being, and is often the type of massage recommended for stress management.
The skin also benefits from Swedish massage. The skin is stimulated during a Swedish massage and blood flow increased to the skin, which will aid in keeping the skin surface soft and pliable along with the underlying muscles and tendons.
The purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood to all parts of the body to speed healing after injury, and to enable muscles to release any toxins they may contain like lactic acid, uric acid and any metabolic waste, all of which can cause muscle stiffness, soreness and even muscle spasms.
Swedish massage therapy can benefit those who suffer from osteoarthritis, by reducing arthritis pain and increasing flexibility of muscles, ligaments and affected joints.