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What Is A Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage, is a full-body treatment using unscented oil or lotion to facilitate the massage movements. Each session usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes. There are many techniques used during a massage session; for example: long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping. It can be bracing and vigorous, or it can feel gentle and relaxing.
A Swedish Massage can help improve your emotional well-being, aid sleep and boost your immune system.
Swedish Massage Techniques and Benefits
The strokes I will use are meant to both warm up and then work the tissues of your muscles. The strokes will also release tension from your muscles and break up the adhesions within them.
The session begins and ends with effleurage, where I use long, sweeping strokes over the entire body.
Other techniques I will be using include:
Petrissage, this technique is the art of squeezing and kneading of your muscle tissues between the thumb and the fingertips. This technique works deeper into muscles helping them to relax and works out the adhesions and tight areas.
Friction technique is a circular stroke or a series of short strokes that generate heat which goes with the lines of the muscle fibre or against them to break up adhesions in the muscle tissue.
Percussion Stroke is nothing more than hacking the muscles.
Stretching, as the name implies, is when I manipulate either your legs or your arms into various positions to increase length and make your muscles more responsive to stretching.
Swedish Massage Benefits
There are many benefits to a Swedish massage, which is why is it really popular. It has benefits for both your physical body and for your emotional well-being.
In terms of physical benefits, a massage of this type can undo adhesion in your muscles, decrease pain in your body, and increase blood circulation.
Who would benefit from a Swedish Massage
If you are feeling feeling stressed, overworked, or your muscles feel strained or stiff, or you just want some ‘me time’ then Swedish massage is the perfect remedy.
Another important benefit of a Swedish massage is its ability to help you sleep better. With sleep your mind will be able to rest and your immune system will be able to work to heal your stressed muscle tissues.
There are numerous physical benefits associated with the use of Swedish massage:
Loosening tight muscles and stretching connective tissues
Relieving cramps and muscle spasms and decreasing muscle fatigue
Loosening joints and improving range of motion
Increasing muscle strength
Calming the nervous system
Stimulating blood circulation
Firming up muscle and skin tone
Relieving symptoms of such disorders as asthma , arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome , chronic and acute pain syndromes, myofacial pain, headache , temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and athletic injuries
Speeding up healing from injury and illness
Improving lymphatic drainage of metabolic wastes
Mental and emotional benefits
Mental benefits associated with massage therapy include the following:
Improvement in length and quality of sleep
Relief of stress, depression, anxiety and irritation
Increased ability to concentrate
Improved sense of well-being
Swedish massage should not be given to clients with the following physical disorders or conditions:
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
Broken bones, fractures , dislocations, or severe sprains
Open or unhealed sores or wounds
Body areas that are inflamed, swollen or bruised
Torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
High blood pressure or heart problems
Certain kinds of cancer
History of phlebitis or thrombosis (These clients may have blood clots that may become dislodged and travel to the lungs, with potentially fatal results.)
drug treatment with blood thinners (These medications increase the risk of bleeding under the skin.)
If you are thinking of booking an appointment or have one already scheduled and find you have one or more of the conditions listed above, please call before your appointment to discuss the reasons behind these cautions.
I can also provide you with a GP/Specialist referral letter that you can take to your Doctor/Practitioner to enable them to make a decision to weather the therapeutic session can take place.
On your first visit a full confidential consultation will take place with me. (All therapists should adhere to the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998).
Swedish massage techniques are different from other massage techniques in that they are quite specific in the order in which the massage is done.
The technique is designed to increase oxygenation of blood and release metabolic waste such as lactic and uric acids from the tissues of the muscles. This can be particularly important for active people who find that exercise causes build-up of lactic acids in the muscles, which the massage can dislodge and replace with fresh oxygenated blood. Swedish massage techniques can help not only relieve physical stress but also emotional stress and can have other medical and therapeutic uses.
Swedish massage is known to help with reducing joint pain and stiffness, and has also been known to help those with osteoarthritis.
Many of you who have received a Swedish massage from me have also reported improved flexibility.
The five main Swedish massage techniques were developed by Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling, using the techniques outlined below. I have developed my own routine which focuses on your requirements; for example, you may require an invigorating massage, therefore the routine will be built around techniques such as percussions with less focus on relaxing gentle strokes like effleurage. If you require a relaxing massage I will choose a routine that focuses on effleurage and petrissage with less emphasis on percussion strokes.
I use gentle, sweeping, relaxing strokes, with varying levels of pressure. Effleurage is used at the start and finish of your massage session and at the start and finish of each body part e.g. at the beginning and end of work on the back or legs. It is also used after more invigorating strokes to help the elimination of toxins from the areas that I have worked. It also helps in desquamation (the removal of dead skin cells) especially when used deeply, thus helps the skin to regenerate.
Uses compression strokes to manipulate tissues and muscles. Resembles kneading to attain deeper massage penetration, which helps to break down tension. The fingers, thumbs and or the whole of the hand are used to knead the muscles, break down tissue and tension in large muscles. Kneading stretches the muscles, and compresses tissue against tissue improving suppleness and elasticity, and helps break down tension and stiffness in tissues and large muscles.
I use friction movements to heat up the local area, improve circulation, promote lymph drainage, stimulate the nerves and loosen tightness in the muscles. Working very closely with the muscles helps to break down any local adhesions or tight areas. Cross-fibre friction helps stretch the muscle fibres and release any tension held in the muscle.
Percussions (hacking, beating, cupping)
As the name suggests this technique consists of rhythmic tapping using cupped hands or the sides of the hands for a brisk, invigorating wake up strokes, which use the hands to strike the body rapidly and suddenly. The aim here is to stimulate the system rather than soothe it. Percussions improves overall circulation, warms the skin and muscles, improves muscle tone both because of the physical effects of the treatment and because of the improved circulation. It also helps break up fat deposited in fleshy areas and invigorates the nerves. If you want a relaxing massage, then this technique would only be used towards the end of the treatment, before the final effleurage strokes, to ‘wake up’ your system.
Vibration or Shaking
Among Swedish massage techniques this is the one that 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 are literally shaken up to loosen and relax them. The sides of the hands, and any part of the hands, such as the tips or heel can be used by me to shake up your muscles providing you with a marvellous relaxing massage.