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The origin of Swedish Massage Therapy


Swedish massage is perhaps the most common type of therapeutic massage in the US. It includes the application of kneading, fingertips or elbows on the skin to manipulate the deeper layers of muscles to improve physical and mental wellness. Active or passive movements of the legs or arms may also be a part of the therapy. The benefits of Swedish massage include improved blood circulation, psychological and emotional relaxation, lowered anxiety, reduced muscle strain, range of movement and mobility.

There are many different techniques used in Swedish massage. The five basic strokes used in this type of massage are effleurage, friction, tapping or percussion. Effleurage and friction strokes work deep into the muscles. Tapping and percussion are often applied to reduce soreness, stiffness and swelling. All the above techniques to relax and calm the body allowing the individual receiving the therapy to be more comfortable.

Many of the claims of Swedish massage can be compared to those of other forms of treatment including acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on the notion that the body contains energy and that by applying certain specific pressure to these energy centers, the body is able to heal itself. Swedish massage uses similar techniques where effleurage and percussion are used to relax the muscles, releasing tension and allowing the muscles to release built up pressure. Relaxed muscles are less likely to contract in times of tension and decrease blood pressure.

Traditionally, Swedish massage uses the effleurage technique where the therapist applies light strokes into the muscles, using both the hands and elbows. The strokes are generally light and aren't intended to cause pain or distress. In modern treatment, this technique is sometimes combined with the slower, sliding movement of effleurage. The sliding movement is meant to stretch the muscle and allow it to be more receptive to being treated. Additionally, it works on the nerves by releasing pressure from them.

Sliding motions of effleurage can be combined with massage stroke called percussion. This combination is supposed to focus on the large muscle groups such as the trapezius and the infraspinatus. Both these muscles help maintain good posture. Percussion helps to boost circulation. Blood vessels in the trapezius and the infraspinatus are important in maintaining good posture. Removing blockages in these muscles allows better flow.

One of the health benefits of Swedish massage is to boost circulation. Using heat promotes better circulation. Hot stones placed on specific areas also help stimulate blood flow. Swedish massage therapists often recommend the placement of oils, creams or lotions at key places where muscles become tight. These small things make it easy for the practitioner to reach all of the areas where muscles are tight.

Regular Swedish massage therapy may cause a diminished incidence of injury due to overexertion. Overdoing any type of physical activity can lead to overuse injuries. The decreased risk of injury during the course of the type of therapy is because of the increased flexibility and strength of muscles. By relaxing the large muscle groups, the possibility of injury is decreased.

Overall, Swedish massage has many health benefits. The wide variety of methods ensures that a patient will receive a treatment that is suited to their individual needs. By working with a skilled Swedish massage therapist, patients are able to get the results they need. Lots of people are surprised to find their variety of motion is increased after a session. This improved mobility enables them to do more things with their lives. For many, this alone can help them feel healthier, look better and ultimately enjoy life more.

Swedish massage therapy originated in the ancient Thracian people of central E

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