Swedish Massage: Alleviate Aches Faster
I feel so great! That was fabulous. I just had my first Swedish massage. Why did it take me so long to discover this. Having had one, I now know that this is one of the more modern-day massages. It was developed in Stockholm, Sweden, just a few centuries ago. It relieves tension by rubbing muscles in the direction of the blood flow. This is in order to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood.
If you are new to massage, here's something you should know. It is not a great new cure, no this art has been practiced throughout the world. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and even Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. So, how is this cure practiced? Well, there are a variety of methods, over 250 to be precise. Some include tapping, kneading, vibration, rocking, applying pressure to muscles, stroking and compression! Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is done to enhance function and promote relaxation and well-being.
With any massage, special equipment is used for Swedish massage. As these therapists are self-employed, he/she will have his/her own equipment consisting of a table with a horseshoe shaped head support for ease of breathing while lying face-down. It has a padded surface which is easy to keep clean and remain hygienic. Mats and pillows are also used for additional support. With the increased interest in massage therapy, this job field is growing.
The masseuse, when doing a Swedish massage, will use only 5 basic strokes. He/she will use lotion to stimulate the skin and reduce friction. These strokes will help circulation, joint stiffness and pain. It will harmonize the body and mind. These motions are sliding, kneading, tapping, friction and vibration.
Ordinary massages provide benefits to the body, which in turn feels mentally good. Swedish massage is designed to treat both mental and physical well-being. Physically, it relieves stress and overall health and harmony. The body will heal faster and regenerate itself. This also helps with physical pain, as well as helping scars heal more quickly. Mentally, the Swedish massage theory is that with the human touch, we feel mentally better. We are more aware of our bodies, and this helps us to be more calm. Our bodies and minds feel more connected.
Swedish massage is pretty much for everyone, even pregnant women. We know how much discomfort we are in when we are pregnant. We have problems breathing. These symptoms can be eased, possibly eliminated. Throughout my three pregnancies, my pain could have been eased if only I had known about this. This would have been a great gift to give me at a baby shower. Keep in mind that massages can help eliminate waste products from the mother through the lymphatic and circulatory system, thus giving the mother more energy. Do you have a baby shower to go to? Remember, check your local spa. I bet they offer gift certificates for Swedish massage therapies for pregnant women!
by: Fred Savinelli
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