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Swedish massage therapy guide

What is Swedish Massage Therapy
By Nadia Sam Cyrus

Swedish massage therapy  is a technique designed to help the muscles in the body relax by applying pressure and then rubbing it in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

It is also called the “classic massage” because it represents the Western way of relaxing those muscles. The main purpose of the Swedish massage therapy is to increase the flow of oxygen in the blood so toxins are released from the muscles. These toxins include uric acid  and lactic as well as metabolic waste.

When this happens, circulation is increased without increasing the heart load. The ligaments and tendons are both stretched keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage therapy also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves at the same time. As a result, stress is reduced.

There are various techniques in the Swedish massage therapy. Some examples of these are friction, effleurage, kneading, tapping, long strokes, vibrations and shaking motions. The therapist may use

the fingertips, hands or palm to achieve maximum effect and of course, a little bit of bending and stretching.

During the Swedih massage therapy session, the person has to undress and lie down on the mattress. He or she is then covered with a blanket and the only time it is opened is when the therapist has to massage that region of the body with oil so this will be absorbed by the body.

A Swedish massage therapy usually lasts for 60 to 90 minutes. Before the session begins, the therapist may check your complexion then choose the type of oil to use based on your skin type. If ever you want to increase or decrease the pressure, just say so and the therapist will adjust accordingly.

Swedish massage therapy is considered to be the foundation of other types of Western massages. This is because the principles behind it are the same as when you try sports massage, seated chair massage, hot stone therapy, deep tissue massage or aromatherapy. If you like the way you were treated, try out the others the next time you drop by. Once the session of Swedish massage therapy is over, you will feel relaxed and invigorated.


       
 
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