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Swedish Massage

Swedish MassageA massage technique designed to disperse physical tension from the body in a gentle way by loosening tight muscles and reducing stiffness, removing energy blockages within the body and increasing blood and lymph circulation. Relaxation/Swedish massage uses five soft tissue manipulation techniques:

  1. effleurage (long, gliding strokes)
  2. petrissage (kneading strokes)
  3. friction (deep, circular rubbing)
  4. tapotement (tapping)
  5. vibration (fine, rapid shaking movements)

The aim of the massage is to bring the body back into a balanced and relaxed state.

What You Need to Know About Swedish Massage
During Swedish massage, massage therapists use massage oils to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Along with classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and tapping.

Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create health benefits.

Massage has many important health benefits. In fact, massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine.

Swedish MassageThe Health Benefits of Massage
* Massage calms the nervous system, promotes a sense of relaxation & well being.

* Massage reduces tension and anxiety

* Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen & nutrients to the cells.

* Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.

* Massage prevents and relieves muscles cramps, spasms, pain management in conditions such as arthritis & sciatica.

Remind yourself of these health benefits if you start to feel guilty about getting massage!
Massage is not a good idea if you have a fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. If you have any questions about whether a massage would be right for you, ask your massage therapist before you make your appointment.

Generally during Swedish massage your wear your lower underwear underneath a towel or sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on, a technique called "draping".

Feel free to state your preference for pressure during Swedish massage. It can range from light to firm. Swedish massage usually includes some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension. If you want more intensive work and firmer pressure, get a deep tissue massage/sports massage.

Deep tissue massage/sports massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the Swedish Massagemuscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.")

Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
It shouldn't hurt, but it's likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you

How Fast Will I Get Results With A Deep Tissue Massage?
It's important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won't happen. In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.

Gemma Hallatt-Howard and Phil Howard
Rotherham
07970097434
www.ptsuite.co.uk
gemz@ptsuite.co.uk
phil@ptsuite.co.uk

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