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Swedish Massage: What is it and Why Should You Get it Done?

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Everyone—whether layman, celebrity, or pro-athlete—has now begun to realize the various benefits of massage therapy. This newfound—although not new by any means—kind of therapy has caught fire particularly in the celebrity circles. Leading athletic figures such as Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson and Jim Carry have their own massage therapists whereas other A-listers have caught on too.

The general public, likewise, is not very far behind. Not only have we discovered the many medical and psychological benefits of massage therapy, but we have also discovered that it’s not limited to one form: there’s sports massage for athletes, there’s Thai and several forms of Pan-Asian massage, and then of course, there’s the most popular of all: Swedish massage.

But what exactly is it?

Its Ultimate Goal is Relaxation!

There’s a reason the Swedish massage springs to mind when first we think of massage: not because it’s so popular, but because the Swedish massage is designed for relaxation. Professional massage therapists use their deft hands and long, kneading movements to administer relaxation to all the stiff spots in your body. People come out of a Swedish massage feeling completely relaxed.

Active and passive movements of the joint are the key method therapists use for a Swedish massage. Therapists also focus highly on the muscles, exerting mild and firm pressure on the muscles, especially those that appear too tight and stiff. Through gliding, long strokes, the use of fingers, and rhythmic kneading, the massage therapist achieves their ultimate goal: helping the person relax completely.

What are the Benefits of Swedish Massage?

A combination of circular pressure, tapping, stretching, kneading and bending helps not only with relaxation but also with reducing stress. Cortisol levels decrease significantly, along with reduction in vasopressin reduction, which often leads to increase in cortisol and causes stress.

Additionally, people who receive Swedish massage observe significant improvement in their posture. They crouch less and find it easier to stand upright. There is, similarly, a remarked increase in flexibility and the range of motion.

Physiologically, Swedish massages are great at improving heart and respiratory health. Blood circulation increases rapidly, allowing more oxygen to assimilate in your bloodstream. Developed more than a century ago by Pehr Henrik Ling, the massage uses oils and a great many hand manipulations to help the person relax.

Its benefits are physical as well as psychological, from mood improvement to the flushing out of toxins and byproducts. If you’re interested in getting one in Fayetteville, head over to Eden Massage today, or contact us for more information.


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