If you are looking for a more vigorous form of massage, perhaps to improve the condition of your aching back, neck and shoulders after a hard day of physical work, or to relax after a session on the sports field or at the gym a Swedish Massage may be the treatment of choice.
The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper underlying muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the 20th century by a Swede Henry Peter Ling. It involves the use of kneading, effleurage, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.