Swedish massage is known for its lighter touch than some other therapies, using long, flowing strokes and a variety of other movements to manipulate the body’s soft tissues. These can include kneading, tapping, chopping, gliding, pressing and pumping. Therapists may use their entire forearm and elbows to perform each of these techniques. Here at Back on Your Feet, we offer Swedish massage a relaxing treatment in our clinic located in Sydney CBD.
Good for the body
It is very common for athletes to receive light pressure Swedish massages in order to prep themselves for an upcoming workout. After major sporting events, they also seek massages in order to cleanse their body from toxins that build up during physical exertion. While you may not be a professional or competitive athlete, these effects are beneficial to individuals of all activity levels, whether you are an avid gardener, golfer or cyclist.
After exercising, Swedish massage can effectively prevent soreness and reduce muscle tension that can often follow 48 hours after a workout. For those with injuries, therapeutic massaging techniques can not only relieve pain but also speed up the healing process. This is achieved by relaxing muscle spasms, improving blood circulation and removing toxins.
Medical researchers are finding out more and more about the benefits of Swedish massage, which can have a highly therapeutic effect without any involving any serious risks, side effects or invasive procedures.
A recent study of arthritis sufferers indicated that regular treatments including Swedish massage at least once per week helped to relieve pain, improve joint movement and reduce stiffness. Swedish massage was found to be so effective that those with mild arthritis may be treated with this therapy alone, without the need for anti-inflammatory medications. For more severe cases, this treatment can give added relief to the treatment their doctor is already providing.
Good for the mind and spirit:
While this type of therapy is great in order to loosen and calm a tired and aching body, they are also ideal for easing mental tension and achieving deep relaxation. Using a padded table to perform a deep tissues massage, your therapist will help you feel more balanced and you release negative emotions and stress that has built up over time.
Swedish relaxation techniques can be used to treat stress-related or aggravated conditions including:
- Digestive problems
- Chronic pain
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Eating disorders
The medical field is starting to recognise what holistic practitioners have known for many years, that effective treatment is more than simply looking at the body as a collection of separate parts. With therapies such as Swedish techniques, we look to treat the whole person while complementing traditional medicine. Whether your concerns are purely physical, or a mixture of mental and emotional issues, a holistic strategy can help to improve your overall health and wellbeing.