About Essential Swedish Massage
One of the most popular massage styles, Swedish massage incorporates various techniques from gliding strokes to kneading movements. It is believed to promote general well-being through interaction with the skin, which is the body’s largest organ.
Body massage originated in Sweden. Swedish body massage is the original massage technique involving a sequence of movements working superficially and deeper into the tissue layers. Movements such as effleurage work over the skin with the palm of the hand producing relaxation, whereas movements like petrissage work deeply. Petrissage movements such as wringing and kneading will help to relieve tension promoting deep relaxation in the tissues and muscles. As no two people are alike, the body massage sequence will be adapted to the client’s needs.
Touch is another important aspect of the essential body massage. In the past ten years it has become increasingly more apparent that touch and touch deprivation are critical considerations for the health and happiness of human beings. Touch helps decrease stress and anxiety and the physiological and behavioural changes that accompany this decline in stress and anxiety result in more relaxed and attentive individuals.
We find ourselves in society that promotes minimal touch from the time we are children all the way through our adult years. While one may argue that adults need not be so concerned with growth and development, the factor of our general health and well being is definitely at stake. Our therapists can provide a critical form of touch that heals the skin and emotional stake.
Therapeutic benefits of touch:
- Decreases stress and anxiety
- Required for growth and development
- Part of communication and learning
- Comforts and reassures us
- Reduces pain and boosts the immune system
- Increases air flow asthmatics
- Required for emotional and intellectual development
- Affects brain waves, breathing, circulation and heart rate.
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.