The most recognized and widely used of all massage techniques in spas today, the Swedish massage would be your best option if you seldom go or it’s your first time to visit one. It will be perfect for you since it is a very relaxing, satisfying, and pleasurable experience that is well worth your time.
What is a Swedish Massage?
History traces Massage Therapy way back of more than 5,000 years past, and the Swedish Massage has gained the most popularity and is based on Western concepts of anatomy and physiology in contrary to Asian-style massage commonly done with energy work. This form of massage uses 5 various styles of strokes varying from light, slow and gentle, to vigorous. It combines a myriad of hands-on applications. Sliding or gliding (effleurage) uses these strokes for relaxing soft tissues. Friction (cross-fiber) is comprised of deep, circular motion which allows layers of tissue to rub against each other, which aids in better blood flow and the breakdown of scar tissue. Kneading (petrissage) is the squeezing and rolling kind of strokes. Rhythmic tapping (tapotement) is the short and alternate tapping which is executed with the hands cupped, or by fingers or the hand’s edge. Shaking or vibration is also performed. It is a therapeutic massage performed by licensed therapists who are trained and definitely equipped for the task. You can trust their expertise and style of how they will have it done tailored to your needs.
How long does it take?
Usually lasting for 60 minutes, a therapist will utilize the time on working the muscle tissues, and could sometimes last longer for around 75-90 minutes. Deeper work can also be achieved for what is known as the deep tissue massage form.
What occurs during a massage session?
Normally, you would be asked for any condition such as aches and injuries before your session starts. It would be safer for you if you express what you are feeling which is essential for the therapist to know, including pain, allergies, and if you are be pregnant. You may also wish to let them know your preferences such as gentle or firm, stronger pressure. You will then have to lie on the spa table, face up or face down. Typically, it would be face down first with your head cradled in the u-shaped structure such that your spine stays in a good position. You will be lying underneath clean sheets or towels for your maximum comfort and privacy, since you will be nude during the massage. Many people especially newcomers would prefer to keep underwear on. Your therapist will primarily lubricate your skin with massage oil, and uncovers whichever part of your body she will be working on which is referred to as draping. The therapist then proceeds in massaging the whole body with different combinations of massage strokes. This fluid movement warms up the muscles, then gradually breaks up any adhesion or knots of tissues, hence releasing muscle tension.
What are its benefits?
Both mind and body are alleviated from stress and overexertion since it is done in an environment that promotes optimal relaxation. The muscles are relieved from tension while the mind takes a well-deserved rest from mental stress, which allows for a better state of mind and better sleep. On top of being a highly effective way to relax, going through this massage brings about many other health benefits.
It has proved to greatly help reduce pain and also deal with stiffness of joints. A massage can be customized to specific areas of the body that is experiencing pain such as a sprained ankle or people with the arthritis condition, making the pain less severe and impacting on daily routine.
The strokes performed in a Swedish Massage helps regulate the circulatory system and increases blood flow with dilated blood vessels for better heart health. It cleanses the body of impurities and aids to a faster removal of body wastes and toxins.
This form of massage therapy can break muscle adhesion and therefore achieve healthy restructuring of scar tissue and stimulates faster healing of injured muscles as it encourages muscles to return to its healthy state. Hence, you will be back in your best shape and improve your performance in any activity you need to do.