Massage therapy is on the rise and the health benefits of massage are being recognized by the medical society. There are many different forms of massage, each with it’s own techniques,, health benefits and purposes. In this article, I will briefly explain the Swedish massage techniques and health benefits associated with this form of massage therapy.
Swedish Massage Techniques
The goal of a Swedish massage is to push the flow of blood towards the heart. To accomplish this, the Swedish massage therapist will use long, smooth strokes rubbing in the same direction of the blood flow returning to the heart on the area of the body that is being massaged. Pressure will be applied during the long massage strokes to muscles to get them to relax against deeper muscles and bones.
The Swedish massage therapist may also use light chopping motions with the side of the hand to relax any specific areas of tension and increase blood flow. Kneading of certain tense muscles may also be a part of a Swedish massage.
Health Benefits Of Swedish Massage
The health benefits derived from Swedish massage are improved circulation which will aid in reducing the swelling caused by certain injuries and will help dissolve scar tissue caused by certain types of injuries. Swedish massage also relaxes and reduces the stress of the massage client which aids in controlling high blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. During a Swedish massage, the body’s nerves are stimulated and soothed at the same time, allowing for stress release from the body’s muscles and providing for an overall stress reduction and sense of well being, and is often the type of massage recommended for stress management.
The skin also benefits from Swedish massage. The skin is stimulated during a Swedish massage and blood flow increased to the skin, which will aid in keeping the skin surface soft and pliable along with the underlying muscles and tendons.
The purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood to all parts of the body to speed healing after an injury, and to enable muscles to release any toxins they may contain like lactic acid, uric acid and any metabolic waste, all of which can cause muscle stiffness, soreness and even muscle spasms.
Swedish massage therapy can benefit those who suffer from osteoarthritis, by reducing arthritis pain and increasing flexibility of muscles, ligaments and affected joints.