The most relaxing of all the techniques. Swedish Massage (Relaxation Massage) will easily put you in the “massage zone” or fall asleep, whichever comes first.
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage therapy is a treatment designed to calm and relax the body. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body and help tight muscles. A sheet covers the disrobed client, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of long gliding strokes, kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive and tapping movements with the application of oil to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved blood circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
What Does Swedish massage therapy do?
Swedish massage is among the most frequently offered massage methods. It’s often referred to as a classic massage. It aims to encourage relaxation through the release of muscle tension.
Swedish massage is less invasive than a deep-tissue massage. It is more suitable for those who are looking for relaxation and tension relief.
What Does a full body Swedish Massage Include?
A full-body Swedish Massage includes techniques like
In the full body Swedish massage, your massage therapist will typically start with either the hands or the neck. It will include the hands and arms, neck and shoulders, face and head, legs, feet, back and hips. It can include the stomach if you request it. Any of these body parts can be excluded if you’d prefer.
What Can I Expect From My First Swedish Massage?
Before you arrive to your massage, you will want to fill out your health intake form so we can be sure the massage therapists are fully prepared for your arrival. You will want to arrive a few minutes early to use the restroom and have a short conversation with your therapist about what you would like to accomplish in your massage. For example, do you just want to relax or do you have pain somewhere?
The massage therapist may say to get undressed to your comfort level. This means, if you want to keep your clothes on, you can. However, the massage feels the best when we can apply oil on the skin and glide over the body. So most people will just leave their underwear bottoms on.
The massage therapist will leave the room to allow you time to undress in private and you will lie down on the massage table under the top sheet. We respect your modesty and will keep you draped.
Once the massage therapist comes back in the room they will start the massage and may chit chat a bit to make you feel comfortable. Usually, the massage therapist will allow you to guide the conversation or let you just drift off into a meditative state. Many people fall asleep!
A Swedish Massage should never hurt. If at any point it does, let your massage therapist know.
It depends on the massage therapist, but most therapists have a client start face up and then have you flip onto your stomach midway through.
When the massage is complete the massage therapist will let you know that it’s time to get up. After they exit the room, you can get dressed and make your way to the front desk to pay and rebook!
What are the benefits of a Swedish Massage?
May treat back pain and neck pain
Swedish Massage relaxes the muscles which will in a lot of cases eliminate pain.
Increase blood flow
The massage techniques and directionality of the moves are specifically used to help increase blood flow. This means that your muscles are getting more oxygen and blood and are better able to eliminate waste.
Massage helps to decrease the stress hormone cortisol, flushing it out of your system. This will give you feelings of relaxation.
Boost the Immune System
The immune system is a vital part of the body’s defense against illness and infection. Massage can help to improve immune function by reducing stress levels and promoting relaxation. Stress can have a negative impact on the immune system, making a person more susceptible to illness. Massage can help to reduce stress by promoting the release of feel-good hormones such as endorphins and serotonin. These hormones help to boost mood and promote relaxation, which can in turn help to support immune function. In addition, massage can also help to improve circulation, which helps the immune system to better defend against invading pathogens. Overall, massage is a gentle and effective way to support the immune system.
Swedish massage has been shown to improve mental and physical health. It is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. If you are looking for a way to improve your overall well-being, consider scheduling a Swedish massage today.