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.
The masseuse, when doing a Swedish massage, will use only 5 basic strokes. He/she will use lotion to stimulate the skin and reduce friction. These strokes will help circulation, joint stiffness and pain. It will harmonize the body and mind. These motions are sliding, kneading, tapping, friction and vibration.
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.
Even pregnant women can receive a Swedish massage. This can alleviate muscle spasms and discomfort which we all know can be associated with pregnancy. This can also help with breathing problems associated with pregnancy. For me, as a mother of 3 girls aged 9 and under, I wish I had known about pregnancy massages when I was pregnant. This would have been the best gift I could have received. I now know that massages can help eliminate waste products from the mother through the lymphatic and circulatory system, thus giving the mother more energy. Find your local spa. Get a massage!. It will enrich your life immensely!
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