- Reduction in muscle spasm, pain and tension
- Release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
- Relaxation and therefore reduction in anxiety
- Improved blood circulation
- Improved lymphatic drainage
- Improved mobility
- Reduction of swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid in the tissues
- Balancing the overall flow of natural life energy through the body
- Inducing a feeling of well-being through the comfort of human touch
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
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-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
SWEDISH MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
"- Angel Sienna
This massage felt particularly good, very relaxed after the cramping pains I had have been relieved, the treatment felt so thorough...I enjoyed the head and face massage more than I expected-very relaxing."
"- Scorlet Johansan
Brilliant, Mary really knew where to put pressure to ease the tension, especially round my neck, it was great, feel much more relaxed now."
"- Kate Berry
My feet feel amazingly light and relaxed now, all the heat and tension's gone and I feel sleepy but refreshed."