The swedish massage is the most common type of massage here in the western world. We at Body N Balance of Wantagh, Long Island recommend this massage for people that are new to massage therapy or don’t get massages very often.
Swedish Massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, unlike energy work that is done on “meridians” in Asian massage styles.
What Happens During a Swedish Massage?
In all massages, the massage therapist will lubricate the skin with massage oils that make it easier to work with the skin to massage the muscles, as well as to provide soothing aromatherapy. The movements can range from slow and gentle to vigorous and bracing, depending on what the therapist is looking to achieve. The movements and techniques used in a swedish massage treatment will warm up the muscle tissue and release tension. The techniques will break up knots, promoting healing and relaxation.
What if I Have Injuries or Other Conditions?
Before the massage, you massage therapist will ask if you have any injuries or conditions that she should know about. Some things you might want to share with your therapist are your areas of tightness/pain, allergies, or conditions such as pregnancy. During the massage session, you should ask her to adjust pressure depending on your comfort level.
What Should I Expect After My Massage?
The primary goal of swedish massage is to relax the entire body. Beyond that great feeling of relaxation, swedish massage is very beneficial for increasing oxygen levels in the blood, decrease muscle toxins, improve circulation, and improve flexibility and range of motion while easing tension. It is important to drink lots of water following a massage in order to help the toxins be eliminated from the body.
What Conditions Benefit from Swedish Massage?
Swedish massages are a great way to pamper yourself, yet many people use this massage style to support good health and manage symptoms of various conditions.
Some of these conditions include:
– Joint pain or stiffness
– Sports injuries
– Water retention
– and much more