What is Swedish Massage Therapy?
Swedish Massage is the most common type of massage that a person will think of when they hear the words massage. Swedish Massage style involves the use of oil with gliding strokes and kneading strokes the primary tools to use on the body during this type of massage. In a Swedish massage session, a person will normally take off their clothes and get between two sheets on a comfortable massage table. Sometimes other tools such as hot towels, a heated massage table or aromatherapy can also be used to enhance the treatment.
Swedish Massage Therapy can be the most therapeutic modality when someone is looking to reduce mental stress and does not like deep pressure. It is also great for a beginner who does not know how firm they like their pressure and needs a point of reference to start. Using this method when you don't know how you like your pressure is a safer method. It allows you to start at light pressure and increase the pressure until you find what's right for you.
Swedish Massage focuses on the superficial musculature of the body, improving overall circulation, and relaxing the receiver. It has also been proven that Swedish massage can improve health, improve the quality of sleep, and get rid of tension headaches by lowering the total amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body.
Swedish Massage can be known as a Circulatory Massage as this is the style most commonly used to help encourage the movement of both the blood and lymph fluid and can be ideal for those people who have circulation issues no matter what their age may be. The strokes in Swedish Massage can be made similar to the blood flow in the body which would help blood get to all of the organs and structures which need fresh blood to operate.
So if you need improvements in circulation, prefer light pressure or need to destress, then Swedish Massage Therapy might be right for you.