Swedish massage therapy is the one of the most well-known massage techniques. It is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body, but Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation.
Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the levels of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that volunteers who received a 45 minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the cortisol (a stress hormone) as well as arginine vasopressin (a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol.) Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes (white blood cells that are part of the immune system) and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and flu.
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching.
Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that the massage is customized to your specific needs and areas of concern.
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