Swedish Massage: Remedy Soreness More Effectively

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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.

Have you ever had a massage? Not just a regular massage, but a deep tissue massage. Do you think this is something new? No, it is not a new medical breakthrough, 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. Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is done to enhance function and promote relaxation and well-being. There are so, so many versions of this massage therapy, over 250 to be precise.

As more people learn about the benefits of Swedish massage therapy, employment in this field is growing. As independent contractors, massage therapists usually have their own equipment which consists of special massage tables and chairs are used to position clients during massages. A typical commercial massage table has an easily cleaned, heavily padded surface, and a horseshoe-shaped head support that allows the client to breathe easily while lying face down and can be stationary or portable. This is cleaned between massages, keeping everything very hygienic. An orthopedic pillow or bolster can be used to correct body positioning.

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.

If you have ever had a body massage, you will know that in general, specific areas are targeted. The difference between regular massages and Swedish is that Swedish targets both body and mind. We will feel less stress and more harmony. We will feel like our bodies are in sync. This assists the body in healing both mental and physical scars. The theory behind Swedish massage is that it is for everyone. Even pregnant women.

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!

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This article was published on 2010/09/09