Swedish Massage Session
Swedish massage therapists often use lotions or oils to lubricate the skin. Applying light to medium pressure, they use a variety of stroke sequences which are individualized to meet the needs of each client. Often, a treatment will begin with broad, general strokes which warm up the muscle tissue; then, there is a transition to more specific problem areas with more detailed strokes which break up muscle knots or adhesions. Finally, Swedish massage culminates with broad strokes which promote relaxation.
The gentle but firm pressure increases oxygen flow in the blood, helping to release toxins, ease muscle aches and pains, and improve flexibility. The relaxing and calming effect of a Swedish massage also makes it an effective therapy and compliment to stress management programs.
Swedish Massage Techniques
Technically, the following massage techniques may be used during a Swedish massage:
- Cross-fiber friction
Swedish Massage Benefits
Among the many benefits of a Swedish massage are:
- Improved circulation
- Reduced muscle pain and tension
- Reduced muscle spasm
- Anxiety relief
- Chronic pain relief
- Reduced fluid retention and swelling
- Better lymph drainage
- Improved flexibility, mobility, and range of motion
- Release of endorphins
- Increased relaxation
- More balanced energy
- Feel-good feeling
Swedish massage now forms the basis for many other types of natural therapies, including sports massage and aromatherapy.