Swedish Massage Techniques may Include the Following:
• Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
• Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
• Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
• Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
• Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping.
• Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching
The Benefits of Swedish Massage: The most popular benefit of Swedish Massage is both relaxing and invigorating. It is an excellent way to rid the body of tension, helps with circulation, and promotes a sense of overall well-being.
A standard Swedish massage will last for an average of 60 to 90 minutes, and addresses most major muscle groups of the body. The session is usually performed on a comfortable massage table and in an ambient environment that is meant to promote relaxation. The strokes of a Swedish massage helps relax muscle tissues while the overall experience eliminates mental stress.
What Should You Do After a Swedish Massage: Swedish massage has a detoxifying effect on the body. It is recommended to drink plenty of water after a Swedish massage to flush metabolic waste from muscle tissues. It is also recommended to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours after receiving a massage.
Additional Tip: Don't eat a heavy meal before a massage.
Precautions & Contraindications: Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is best to get a written scrip from your physician. Massage therapists, may not, under the written law, attempt to diagnose a medical condition. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.
Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people however, there are three types of "contraindications".