There are hundreds of different massage techniques over the world. The vast majority have taken their bases in the classic Swedish massage (Swedish massage). It is also the one that is that is most widely used method of massage in the western world.
In Sweden, "Swedish massage" is simply known as "classic massage". And that is exactly what it is -
The five main techniques used in Swedish massage -
What is Swedish massage good for?
Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This sensitivity to pressure makes it ideal for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:
easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
stimulating the nervous system
reducing emotional and physical stress.
When you book
Check about what you should wear. If the thought of removing all your clothes makes you blush, you will need to bring loose, comfortable clothing. Be aware though that the oils and lotions used in massage can stain fabrics, so it's a good idea to opt for something old.
As with all treatments, inform your therapist of any medical conditions you may have and tell them if you are -
What to expect from a Swedish massage
Your massage will probably last around 60 minutes. You'll be given time to undress privately and lie down on the massage table, which is padded for extra comfort, where you may cover yourself with towels. You don't have to be completely exposed at any point; your therapist can uncover one little bit of you at a time depending on the area she is focusing on. If you're worried about anything, don't hesitate to say so.
Your therapist might assess your complexion at the start of your treatment and choose essential oils or lotions to suit your skin type. These will be massaged into your body with a series of strokes and techniques classic to Swedish massage. The treatment is very sensitive to pressure and takes into account the delicate or tender areas of your body, so it should be comfortable and soothing.
Our therapist likes to play music during massage, as it can help you to unwind. Don't be afraid to say if you'd prefer not to have it -
The same goes for talking. Our therapist is very sensitive as to how much the client wants to communicate and will limit or encourage conversation accordingly. Some people like to chat a bit; others don't. It doesn't matter as long as you're comfortable, relaxed and receptive.
All massage can leave you feeling thirsty and needing to go to the toilet more than usual -
You'll probably feel quite relaxed and maybe even sleepy, so give yourself plenty of time to unwind. Savour the feeling of having every muscle in your body gently stretched and smoothed out.
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-
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