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Swedish Massage Therapy

What is Swedish Massage Therapy: Swedish massage therapy is normally either a lighter to medium pressure and is the most popular and general modality when it comes to massage. It’s the best-known type of bodywork performed today. The primary goals of a Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by massaging the muscular tissues with long gliding strokes in the direction of the blood returning to the heart.

Swedish massage is the best type of massage when it comes to relaxation and is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing toxins in the muscle tissues, improving circulation, and flexibility while easing tension.

Consultation: Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a health history form. The main purpose of the client intake forms is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues (within the year) and injuries so the massage professional can take special care to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.

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Professionalism: By law, all clients receiving services by a licensed professional must be properly draped underneath a sheet, blanket, and/or towel during all massage therapy sessions. During a massage you are generally nude or in undergarments underneath the drapping. The massage professional uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on. Our professionals will give each client privacy by leaving the room to wash their hands while each client undresses/dresses when getting on and off the massage table. Our professionals will also knock and ask to re-enter the room.

How Swedish Massage is Normally Performed: The skin is first lubricated with massage lotion or oils, and various massage strokes are performed. These movements warm up the muscle tissues, releasing tension, and promoting relaxation.

Swedish Massage Techniques may Include the Following: 

• Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
• Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
• Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
• Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
• Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping.
• Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching

The Benefits of Swedish Massage: The most popular benefit of Swedish Massage is both relaxing and invigorating. It is an excellent way to rid the body of tension, helps with circulation, and promotes a sense of overall well-being.

A standard Swedish massage will last for an average of 60 to 90 minutes, and addresses most major muscle groups of the body. The session is usually performed on a comfortable massage table and in an ambient environment that is meant to promote relaxation. The strokes of a Swedish massage helps relax muscle tissues while the overall experience eliminates mental stress.

What Should You Do After a Swedish Massage: Swedish massage has a detoxifying effect on the body. It is recommended to drink plenty of water after a Swedish massage to flush metabolic waste from muscle tissues. It is also recommended to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours after receiving a massage.

Additional Tip: Don't eat a heavy meal before a massage. 

Precautions & ContraindicationsMassage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is best to get a written scrip from your physician. Massage therapists, may not, under the written law, attempt to diagnose a medical condition. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people however, there are three types of "contraindications".