What is a Swedish Massage?
A Swedish massage is relaxing massage. When deciding on a Swedish massage, you should ask yourself, “Am I looking for stress relief and relaxation or do I have a specific pain problem that I want worked on?” In that case you probably want to get a medical massage.
Per Henrik Ling, a Swede who immigrated to France, is credited with the development of Swedish massage; this is why the names for the strokes are in the French language instead of Swedish. For example effleurage (sliding or gliding) and petrissage (kneading).
Swedish Massage Therapy Techniques For Back Pain and Relaxation
The specific techniques used in Swedish massage involve the application of long gliding strokes, friction, and kneading and tapping movements on the soft tissues of the body.
Swedish Massage Benefits
There are many benefits to a Swedish massage, which is why is it really popular. Swedish massage comes with benefits for both your physical body and for your emotional well-being.
Swedish massage is very helpful in managing stress, initiating the autonomic nervous system relaxation response and improving circulation.
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Joint pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains
- Sports injuries
Everyone Deserves a Great Massage!
Swedish Massage at the Center for Neuromuscular Therapy in Denver, Colorado.