The Swedish Massage system is based on a system developed by Per Henrik Ling and includes long smooth strokes (effleurage), kneading (petrissage) and friction and tapping (tapotement) all of which work to relax tired and aching muscles whilst encouraging the flow of blood and lymph and enhancing skin tone.
Ideal for specific physical problems such as muscle tension and tendon and ligament problems, massage can be used to relax muscles after physical exertion or to warm and loosen them in preparation for exercise. Massage is also a great mental and emotional stress reliever. A treatment leaves clients feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
As with all Complementary Therapies, an initial consultation is carried out before the first treatment. The area massaged first is usually the back because working muscles along the length of the spine helps to soothe the central nervous system and relax the client for the duration of the treatment session. A client’s modesty is protected at all times by towels and a blanket if required. After care advice is given such as drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and take time to relax if possible.
Benefits of Swedish Massage
Swedish Massage has been found to have many benefits, including:
Reduction in muscle spasm, pain and tension
Release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
Relaxation and therefore reduction in anxiety
Improved blood circulation
Improved lymphatic drainage
Reduction of swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid in the tissues
Balancing the overall flow of natural life energy through the body
Inducing a feeling of well-being through the comfort of human touch