most people think of massage, they think of “Swedish massage”. Swedish massage is a classic western
massage technique which combines kneading and long
smooth strokes to improve circulation and that relax and
massage employs soft strokes on the more delicate and
bony structures of the body, such as the face, hands and
feet, and stronger strokes over thickly muscled areas
that retain stress, such as the neck and
techniques applied in Swedish massage are gentle and
rhythmic. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the
heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the
use a combination of strokes - including kneading,
rolling, vibrational, percussive and tapping movements,
usually accompanied by the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin.
massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by
flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other
metabolic wastes, and it speeds the venous return of
un-oxygenated blood and toxins from the extremities.
though the pressure is relatively light, this treatment
still has therapeutic benefits including: an increased
blood flow, increased muscle tone, improved oxygenation
to the muscles, and, of course, relaxation.
careful attention to the amount of pressure makes
Swedish massage great for relaxation.
someone who has never had a massage before, Swedish
massage provides a great introduction.
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