Swedish Massage: Ease Hurts More Effectively

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What a great massage I just had! Oh, I feel so great after that massage. If you are saying that, chances are you just had a Swedish massage. This is one of the more modern styles of massage, however, it is by no means new. This style of massage was developed in Stockholm a few centuries ago to increase the level of oxygen in the blood. It also relieves tension. The muscles are rubbed in the direction of blood flow.

Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is done to enhance function and promote relaxation and well-being. If you are looking to modern medicine to cure your issues, maybe you are looking in the wrong place. The art of massage dates way back, back to over 3000 years. It has been documented by the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians. They all applied forms of massage for many ailments. Hippocrates even wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Are you interested in finding how this art of massage is practiced? Many, many, many methods, over 250 to be precise, are used.

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.

There are five basic strokes of Swedish massage which are sliding, kneading, tapping, friction and vibration. Pain relief and joint stiffness, as well as poor circulation can be helped with this. Lotion can be used to stimulate the skin and reduce friction.

Upon receipt of a regular body massage, a specific area will be targeted. Swedish massage targets both physical and mental well-being. The body will have less stress and will feel more harmonious and in sync. When our bodies and minds are at peace, we will heal better, not only mental scarring, but our physical scars will heal faster. This is the whole theory behind this type of massage. Full body and mind awareness will add to our inner calmness, therefore helping us to live more peaceful lives.

At a time where our bodies are so uncomfortable, and we need to be as healthy as possible, we should know about this! We know about the 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. Check your local spa. See if this is something you should investigate. I'm sure you will love it!

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This article was published on 2010/09/09