When you think of classic massage, you usually think of long, gliding strokes, kneading, and good, pleasurable pain. That is exactly what Swedish massage is, and its prime goal is to relax the entire body.
Swedish Massage has many benefits and can help with more than physical ailments, but mental and emotional conditions too.
Swedish Massage Has Many Benefits
Swedish Massage can
- reduce stress,
- decrease muscle toxins,
- improve posture,
- increase flexibility,
- improve blood circulation,
- relieve headaches,
- support the immune system, and
- improve sleep
But Why Is Swedish Massage So Exceptional?
Four unique techniques make up Swedish massage, which all help you feel revitalised.
- Friction – this is a deep stroke and is used to relieve pain. It also helps to improve flexibility of the muscles. By using deep circular movements, it breaks down adhesions, resulting in muscle growth.
- Effleurage – long, smooth strokes with gentle pressure from the palm of the hand. These strokes move in the direction of the heart to improve circulation. It is generally used at the beginning of a massage as a warmup before the deeper techniques. It is also used at the end of the massage to relax the body.
- Petrissage – comes from the French ‘kneading’. Petrissage aims to lift the muscles in the same way as you would knead dough, by rolling out the knots and relaxing the muscles. It can also improve circulation and loosen muscles.
- Tapotement – slightly more aggressive than the other techniques, it is translated as ‘tapping’. It can include a variety of methods such as pounding, shaking, hacking, and beating, and is used to loosen muscles, improve tone, and relieve mucus in the lungs.
These techniques form the essence of Swedish massage, which help to relax you, improve lymph- and blood flow, and release muscle tension.
When Should You Avoid Getting A Massage
Massage is generally safe for most people; however, pregnant ladies should always be cautious.
Massage is not recommended if you have infections or a fever.
Sometimes tendon or ligament injuries can preclude you from many massage techniques, but if you want to go ahead with a Swedish massage be sure to let your massage therapist know.
Also, try to avoid getting a Swedish massage immediately after a workout, as some techniques could impede blood flow temporarily.