The most common style of massages is the Swedish massage therapy. A hands-on full body massage of medium pressure.
The ultimate goal of Swedish massage is complete relaxation for the entire body. This relaxed state is achieved by massaging the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It involves both soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on the topmost layers of muscles.
In addition to the relaxation, Swedish massage has many benefits to the body including the increase of the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins and improving circulation and flexibility.
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 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.
Your Swedish massage session can be 30 tr 90 minutes long and will be customized to meet your specific needs.
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909) is credited as the man who adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes under which he systemized massage as we know it today.
In the early 19th century the Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm, developed a system called "Medical Gymnastics" which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as "Swedish Movements" in Europe and "the Swedish Movement Cure" when they came to the U.S. in 1858.
According to Robert Noah Calvert, author of "The History of Massage," Mezger's system became confused with Ling's system, and because he came earlier, Ling received credit for the "Swedish Massage System." Today it is known as Swedish massage in America, and "classic massage" in Sweden!
In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions.
Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure.
It's best not to get a massage if you are ill.
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