What is a Swedish massage?
A Swedish massage is a modality that relaxes the entire body. A massage therapist gently strokes the muscles in the direction that the blood flows to the heart. It is known for its relaxation powers, but is also extremely beneficial for increasing oxygen levels in the bloodstream, improving flexibility and circulation, and reducing stress.
Swedish massage is probably the most well-known type of massage in the United States and is often recommended for people who only have an occasional body massage, and are looking primarily for relaxation instead of relief from pain or tension.
What should I expect from a Swedish massage treatment?
The massage incorporates the entire body surface, as you lie undressed on the massage bed under towels. The therapist only removes the towel section that they are working on at the time.
The therapist will first lubricate the skin with massage oil. Then they will perform various massage strokes and movements to warm up the muscle tissue, gradually breaking up adhesions. Techniques are applied by the hand and palms, and include circular movements, stroking, and kneading. The pressure and techniques can be customized based on your particular needs.
At the end, you should expect to feel total relaxation.
What are the benefits?
Swedish massage is the perfect type of massage for whole-body relaxation and stress removal. Also, the massage helps to break up any scar tissue and relieve tight muscles. Post-Swedish massage, most people report feeling relaxed and refreshed with minimal pain or soreness.