Massage Therapy

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is one of the most popular and commonly taught massage methods.

Swedish massage was pioneered in the early 1800's by Swedish psychologist Pehr Henrik Ling (1776-1839). Ling found that a combination of integrated movement and massage had a therapeutic effect on stiff joints, increasing blood circulation and stimulating the body's natural healing abilities. Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909) later systemized these strokes and their french names into what he called the "Swedish massage system," considered the classic massage as we know it today.

After gaining more widespread use, Swedish massage dwindled with the invention of physiotherapy machines. In recent years this has changed, and as a growing focus has emerged on alternative therapies and an increased awareness of the body, Swedish and other massage methods have experienced a surge in popularity.

Swedish massage is defined by the use of five massage strokes, some of which have been incorporated into other massage methods. Swedish massage stimulates the circulation and lymph flow, which in turn releases toxins and other waste products from the body. Depending on the pressure applied and techniques incorporated, Swedish massage it can be a calming and relaxing experience, or quite stimulating and invigorating.

What Should I Expect?

A full body Swedish massage lasts approximately lasts between 60-90 minutes, with all of the major muscle groups thoroughly massaged using oil or creams. Sometimes, other massage methods and techniques are incorpated, depending on the condition of the patient. More time is spend on areas of tension or where "knots" are felt by the massage therapist. Dull pain may be experienced as these knots are worked on and broken up.

The information in this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, nor used to replace, diagnose, prescribe, or treat any ailment, nor does it replace consultation with your medical doctor and practitioner. It is intended only to enhance your knowledge in healing therapies. Please use it wisely. We care about your well-being.
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