Massage 4 ur Wellbeing
WHAT EXACTLY IS SWEDISH MASSAGE?
Massage therapy relieves pain from injuries, stress and muscular tension through the manipulation of soft tissues of the body. Massage treatment enables the body’s recovery and healing process from some acute and chronic conditions. Additionally it enhances lymph and blood circulation, supplying fresh oxygen and nutrients to the recovering tissues as well as flushing out the body’s toxins.
Experience pure indulgence and remove yourself from the stress and strains of every day life. Enjoy an hour’s treatment, first enjoyed by the ancient Orientals, whether your desire is stress relief, stimulation or overall relaxation. This treatment will manipulate the tissues on your back, shoulders, neck, legs, arms, hands,
stomach,upper body,and feet, allowing you to float on air.♥
What Happens During A Swedish Massage
In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokesthat warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and creates other health benefits.
Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.
After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table — face up or face down, and underneath the sheet or towel — and then leaves the room. He or she will knock or ask if you are ready before entering.
The Nudity Factor
During a Swedish massage you are generally nude underneath a towel or sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on, a technique called draping. If the nudity gets you out of your comfort zone, you can keep your underwear on, and many newcomers do.
You usually start by laying face down with your head in a u-shaped face cradle so your spine stays neutral. The therapist generally starts by works your back, using various massage strokes that include effleurage (gliding), kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping.
When he’s finished with the back, he or she works the back of each leg. When done with the back side, he or she holds the sheet or towel up and looks away while you turn over onto your back and scoot down; then he or she quickly covers you again. The therapist then massages the front of each leg,stomach, both arms hands neck and shoulders and last the feet.
Some therapists work in a different order, and all have their own style and techniques. If you only have 50 minutes, you can also ask them to spend more time on a certain area. If the pressure is too light or too firm, you should speak up and ask the therapist to adjust it. Swedish massage usually includes some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension, but if you truly want deepter, more intensive work and firmer pressure, book a deep tissue massage.
Swedish Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well being.
Swedish Massage reduces tension and anxiety.
Swedish Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
Swedish Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.
Swedish Massage prevents and relieve muscles cramps and spasms.
Swedish Massage therapy can help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms.
Remind yourself of these health benefits if you start to feel guilty about getting massage!
One of the most common questions newcomers have about massage is: “Will massage hurt?”
The important thing to remember is that, as the client, you’re in control of the pressure. Most massage therapists will ask at the beginning of the massage what kind of pressure you like, and you can indicate then that you want a relatively light touch. If the massage is painful, ask for less pressure.
But some people have the idea that if it hurts, it must be “good for them.” In fact, pressure that is too intense can cause the body to stiffen and resist, while some gentle styles of massage like craniosacral therapy can produce profound release and realignment in the body.
If you’re afraid of pain, get a Swedish massage and ask for light pressure.
Why It’s Called Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm.
In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.
Massage Therapy and Aromatherapy Massage Oils: An Introduction
Physical touch has always been important and we as humans need to be touched. It is common to “rub away the pain” when a child gets hurt. Because of its intrinsic touching nature, massage therapy has probably been around as long as humans have existed. In ancient times, the Chinese, Hindus, Greeks and Romans regularly used massage to treat illnesses, invigorate the body and ease pain. In more recent history, the Swedish and English have also used massage. Queen Victoria used massage therapy for the treatment of rheumatic pains and during WWI, massage was used in English hospitals to aid the recovery of injured soldiers.
Now we are seeing people trying to return to a less synthesized and more natural state in their lives and massage therapy, in its true form, has a renewed popularity.
Massage is a form of healing in that it enables the body to help itself and the benefits are many. It improves the circulation. The heart pumps the blood through the body but the further the blood gets from the heart, the less pressure there is to keep it moving and so it needs the compressing action of working muscles to speed the blood along to the extremities. Those with poor circulation can benefit greatly from massage because it helps the blood move through the congested areas.
Massage therapy also awakens the senses. Because of the immense amount of stress we put ourselves under, we tend to wait to deal with something until it reaches emergency status. Because of that, we ignore many of the warning signs our bodies send out until we have completely cut ourselves off from our own selves and have lost the ability to feel. Massage therapy renews our connection to our senses and allows us to feel again. It gives us a feeling of peace and allows us to own ourselves again.
Massage is not a good idea if you have a fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. If you have any questions about whether a massage would be right for you,speak with your doctor before you make your appointment.
The Consequences of Stress
Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and
Touch with your hands, feel with your heart, heal with your soul.♥ ♥ ♥