What is Swedish Massage?
Developed in the 1700's by a Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling, Swedish Massage is a soothing form of Massage which can be used on all parts of the body.
As well as relieving muscle pain and tension, Swedish Massage has numerous other benefits, for example:
- Increasing the oxygen flow in the blood
- Relieving stress and anxiety
- Stimulating the release of endorphins, the 'feel-good hormone'
- Increasing flexibility in the body
- Improving blood circulation as well as many others
Who is it good for?
Swedish Massage can be used for almost anybody. It is great for soothing tired aching muscles, promoting a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation, and helping the recovery of injuries such as sprains and strains, and breaking down built- up scar tissue. Swedish Massage is beneficial to numerous problems; just a few of these are:
- Poor circulation
- Slow digestion
- Stress and Anxiety
- Muscular pain and many more
What can you expect?
During the treatment you will be lying on a massage couch. The treatments take place with you wearing your underwear, however you will be covered with towels at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Swedish Massage uses oil; I tend to use Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil. The Massage is done with long, sweeping strokes, rubbing and kneading, and particular attention can be paid to any areas you feel are problematic or painful. You will be passive throughout the Massage and you will be encouraged to breathe deeply, close your eyes and relax as completely as you can. Swedish Massage can be used on any specific body part or you can have a full-body treatment lasting up to two hours. You can have a one-off treatment of Swedish Massage, however many people prefer to come for regular sessions, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.