Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it's your
first time or you don't get massage often, Swedish massage is the best place to start. The
Swedish body massage is the combination of many different techniques rolled into one
session. During this therapy session the therapist will work with the soft tissues and muscles in
the body to help restore balance and health.
The end result will relax all of the muscles in your body and to release any pain that tension
A Swedish body massage is the perfect way for anyone who is overly worked and stressed out
to relax their body and mind. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing
and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
What Happens During a Swedish Massage?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful,
rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.
Why It's Called Swedish Massage?
Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per
Henrik Ling (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm.
In the early 19th century he developed a system called "Medical Gymnastics" which included
movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as "Swedish movements" in
Europe and "the Swedish Movement Cure" when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is
simply known as Swedish massage.
Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports
massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.
Health Benefits of Swedish Massage
The Swedish massage helps to improve the function of your lymph system by relaxing your
muscles. The lymph system works to move nutrient-filled fluids and waste around your body.
The fluid is moved only through voluntary movements from the muscles.
Anyone who has problems from muscular strain will benefit from a Swedish massage. As the
therapist relaxes the muscles the lymph system will have the ability to flush out all of the
metabolic waste from the muscles. This will help you to heal faster.
The Swedish massage can also be used as therapy for people who suffer from any type of
debilitating joint disorder that causes them pain. This benefit of the Swedish massage works to
increase the elasticity in the tissues, flexibility, and to reduce the paint that they feel. After the
Swedish massage many of these people will find that they are able to use their joints more than
before and with little to no pain.
Personal Benefits of Swedish Massage
While a Swedish massage works great to help people who suffer from health conditions it also
works wonders on people who suffer from everyday troubles and concerns. There are many
things in our life that can cause us to be stressed and worried on a constant basis. The more
that we stress the more our muscles became tense and we find it hard to relax them.
The pressure used during a Swedish massage therapy help to relax the muscles and relieve all
of the tension that has built up. The touch of the skin also helps to relax the person and to clear
their mind of anything that might be bothering them. Therapists suggest a Swedish massage to
anyone who is feeling run down or suffering from mild depression.
Because it will help to give you the energy that you need and to relax your whole body it also
enables you to put things into perspective. Another benefit of the Swedish massage is its ability
to help you sleep. With sleep your mind will be able to rest and reset.