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Swedish Massage

What is Swedish Massage?

This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States and is also simply known as massage therapy. It was introduced to the United States in the 1850’s. The term “Swedish” massage is actually only recognized in English and Dutch speaking countries, and in Hungary. Elsewhere (including Sweden) the style is referred to as “classic massage”.

A Swedish massage session is performed with the client lying on a massage table while the therapist stands above them and manipulates their muscle tissue with a variety of strokes. Massage therapists use a combination of long smooth strokes, kneading, rolling, vibrating, tapping movements and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil to reduce friction on the skin. These techniques are used to enhance the flow of blood to the heart, remove waster products from the tissues, stretch ligaments and tendons, and ease physical and emotional tension.

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Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. Beginners might want to try the Swedish massage before any others.

Benefits of Swedish Massage 

  • Relieves stress

  • Provides relaxation

  • Reduces pain

  • Releases cramped or tense muscles

  • Boosts mood

  • Improves function in people with osteoarthritis

  • Promotes healing

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Improves flexibility and range of motion

  • Boosts the immune system

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