A time honored tradition, the classic Swedish massage is best known for being one of the most satisfying and gentle massages. The therapist delivers calming, soothing kneading, pleasant stretching and tapping; it is designed to reduce stress, quiet the inner spirit, and generally restore the body. This specialized massage is very effective in relaxing tense muscles, easing pain, and improving circulation. Additionally, the gentle, deep layer manipulation by the therapist targets muscles and connective tissues, assisting with the body’s release of toxins.
Another highly effective spa technique for soothing muscles and helping to ease tension, is the classic hot stone treatment. Combined with massage therapy, the heat serves as a relaxing agent, providing additional therapeutic benefits to the body. The heat from the stones serve to expand blood vessels, encouraging the flow of blood throughout the body, acting almost as a sedative effect. The combination of Swedish massage and hot stone therapy has been proven to relieve pain, promote healing, and provide a sense of general well being.
Different Types of Massages
Throughout history, many different types of massage have developed. There are however, three main types of this therapy, which are recognized by the main stream health care industry: 1) Acupressure: a specialized type of massage originating from Asia, which focuses on pressure points, while understanding energy movement throughout the body; 2) Swedish Massage: a more western, traditional massage, which helps blood circulation by muscle relaxation; and 3) Deep Tissue Massage: this treatment places concentration on connective tissue, muscle, etc. This type of massage is very effective for treating improvements in movement and posture.
About Swedish Massage
Referencing Robert Noah Calvert, founder of Massage Magazine, the Swedish massage actually was actually developed and perfected by a Dutch therapist, named Johan Georg Mezger.
The Swedish massage is special because it utilizes a specific skill set of massage techniques to include effleurage, or sliding movements; petrissage, or kneading movements; friction, or rubbing; vibration and percussion.
Traditionally including both passive and active joint movements, stretching and bending joints with the assistance of the massage therapist, the Swedish massage is actually a type of therapeutic or medical massage, as it encourages manual lymphatic drainage.
Other treatments which have been proven to result in extremely beneficial results (increasing physical, mental, and spiritual health)) include spa treatments such as aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, body wraps, sports massage, Esalen massage, chair massage, pregnancy massage, massage for infants and children, and geriatric massage.
Deep Tissue Massage Defined
Deep tissue massage is extremely effective, because it focuses on stretching fascia (the three-dimensional web of connective tissue which surrounds and supports the body’s muscles, bones, nerves and organs). Deep tissue massage relaxes, layer by layer, the connective tissues and muscles, resulting in a change to create a unique freedom of movement by releasing the fascial adhesions, as well as any chronic muscle contracture. For those who have suffered injuries, scar tissue forms in muscles and can result in chronic, acute inflammation and repetitive motions. Deep tissue massage therapists expertly use fingers, thumbs, fists, forearms to stretch muscles and fascia layers.
How Massage Affects the Body
- Swedish massage’s benefits include increasing circulation of both blood and lymph; this assists the body in cleaning/nourishing soft tissues, to include skin and muscle.
- It lengthens and relaxes the superficial muscles and stimulates peristalsis in the intestines.
- The deep tissue work creates (safe) micro-tears in the fascia, which fill with elastin and collagen in about three days, allowing the body to develop new muscles tissue, which are healthier, more flexible, and encourage a greater range of motion. Most, after enjoying a deep tissue massage, are able to stretch regularly between sessions (a regular stretching between treatments is required to maintain the positive, lasting effects.
Weighing the Benefits
There are different types of massage therapies. For relaxation, the traditional Swedish massage is best choice. Swedish increases circulation of blood and lymph, assists with pain relief, uplifts moods, improves sleep, encourages sharper thinking. Those who have benefited from massage have reported an all over general feeling of well-being.
For chronic pain sufferers, a deep tissue massage is a better choice. This type of massage targets muscular tissue, and has been clinically proven to improve posture and range of motion.
Misconceptions and Considerations
There is a common misunderstanding, that while Swedish massage is thought of to be soothing, it may be less therapeutic; however, recent clinical research conducted by the Touch Therapy Institute in Florida shows that Swedish or classic massage has many therapeutic benefits.
Deep tissue massage, may be mistakenly thought of as being painful; it should not be. A well-trained deep tissue massage therapist knows to work very slowly, within the recipient’s tolerance, slowing and gently working to stretch muscle layers, consciously working carefully so as not to cause pain or damage. A few clients have reported a little soreness; in rare cases when this does occur, it does quickly pass.
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A massage can help you tend to you body, mind, spirit, and soul for a more balance life; and a modern massage is even more effective (as well as a nice gift you can give to yourself), because it combines several types of massages and treatments — bringing you into a healthier, more relaxed, pleasant state of being. Book your appointment right away by phone or online.