Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. It is the best-known type of bodywork performed today. One of the primary goals of this massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. This style of massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. This modality is exceptionally beneficial for our bodies. It increases the level of oxygen in the blood, decreases muscle toxins, improves circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study was conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times. The results found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system. This caused a boost in the immune cells which could help fight colds and the flu.
Swedish Massage Techniques
Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist. We will adapt your session so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Treat yourself by scheduling a Swedish Massage and take advantage of the benefits it offers.