What is Swedish Massage?
Massage has been used for centuries as an instinctive way to relieve muscle tension and to relax the body and mind. Swedish Massage uses a variety of stroking, kneading, pressure and flowing movements over the body to treat and prevent a huge variety of complaints, or can simply be used for deep relaxation. The way that we feel can have a direct physical effect on our body, so by inducing relaxation and stress relief both the body and mind can benefit from a massage treatment. Massage is a holistic approach that can be used alongside or as an alternative to conventional medicines.
Benefits of Swedish Massage
Touch is an amazing sensation and the most basic form of communication we receive from the minute we are born. Parents cradle their babies to soothe and comfort and even as adults we embrace to re-create a feeling of comfort, love and protection. It makes sense therefore that other forms of touch such as massage, can bring about such feelings of relaxation, comfort and well-being.
Here are just some of the benefits of Swedish Body Massage:
- Promotes relaxation, thereby reducing stress and anxiety
- Ease of muscular tension, soreness and stiffness
- Improved skin tone, circulation and elasticity
- Elimination of toxins and swelling
- Boosts immune system
- Relieves tired and stiff joints
- Increases energy levels by invigorating the body’s natural systems
- Aids better sleep and reduces insomnia
Common complaints treated with Swedish Massage
Swedish massage has proven effective in the treatment of: muscle aches and pains, headaches and migraines, depression, emotional conditions, poor circulation, low immune system, IBS and digestive disorders, anxiety and stress and insomnia but is in no way limited to this list!
If you are suffering from fluid retention (oedema), tiredness, recurring illnesses such as colds and flu, a full body massage with lymphatic drainage techniques is excellent to help remove toxins, reduce fluid retention and boost the immune system. Regular lymphatic drainage massage will improve your circulation and your health and help your body to fight off infection without the use of conventional medicines.
Who can enjoy Swedish Massage?
As with all hands-on holistic therapies, Swedish massage may not be suitable for everyone and certain medical conditions may prevent the use of this treatment, or may require your GP’s consent. A full consultation will be carried out before your first treatment which enables us to ensure that Swedish massage is right for you. Please feel free to call or email us if you would like to check your suitability before your treatment.
What happens during a Swedish Massage treatment?
You will be asked to remove your clothing (except underpants) behind a privacy screen and make yourself comfortable on the massage couch, with a large towel to cover your body. During the massage, only the part of your body being massaged will be exposed, to ensure your modesty. A plant-based massage oil will be applied to the skin to allow free movement of the massage techniques and to nourish the skin. A full body massage usually treats the back, legs, abdomen, arms, chest and neck, although this can be adapted to suit your individual requirements or preferences.
Swedish massage has a detoxifying effect on the body and you can encourage this by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for the next 24 hours. Also try to avoid any strenuous exercise for 24 hours following treatment and try to rest and allow your body to heal from within.