The American Massage Therapy Association defines massage therapy as a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the client.
Swedish massage is a series of long flowing, gliding strokes focused on changing the soft tissue. A Swedish massage is very relaxing and invigorating. It affects not only the skin and superficial muscle. It also affects the nerves, deeper muscles. glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well-being.
The main purpose of a Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic waste. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable.
Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
Here are some benefits of a Swedish Massage:
- Stress relief and relaxation
- Better circulation
- Overall bodily function improvement
- Improve skin
- Alleviate depression
- Increase self esteem
- Increase mobility and range of motion
- Pain relieve
- Improve memory
- Increase vitality