What is Swedish massage?
In Sweden, “Swedish massage” is simply known as “classic massage”. And that is exactly what it is – a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage.
Actually, the five main techniques used in Swedish massage – stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or “pounding”; vibration – are probably what spring to mind when you think about a “typical” massage. They’re designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you more relaxed
Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This sensitivity to pressure makes it ideal for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:
* easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
* improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
* helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
* stimulating the nervous system
* reducing emotional and physical stress.
What to expect from a Swedish massage
Your massage will probably last around 60 or 90 minutes. You’ll be given time to undress privately and lie down on the massage table, usually padded for extra comfort, where you may cover yourself with towels. You don’t have to be completely exposed at any point;
As with all treatments, inform me or your therapist of any medical conditions you may have and tell me or your therapist if you are – or just think you might be – pregnant.
It’s best to avoid heavy meals and alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.
You’ll probably feel quite relaxed and maybe even sleepy, so give yourself plenty of time to unwind. Savour the feeling of having every muscle in your body gently stretched and smoothed out