Swedish Massage

Couple getting a Swedish body massage Tacoma

Swedish Body Massage in Fife

The  most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping  strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with  movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can  be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.  Combine your massage with a Table Shower at Nirvana in Fife.

Swedish Massage: Everything you need to know!

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage therapy is one of the most popular type of massage in the US. It involves the use of the licensed Massage Therapists hands, forearms and elbows to manipulate the upper layers of the muscles.

The therapist uses techniques known as Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Tapotement and Percussion during the massage session in order to relax the upper layers of muscle tissue. These techniques are performed in a specific order and direction that promotes proper return. Active or passive movements of the joints are often used in this form of massage therapy.

What are the benefits of a Swedish Massage?

Physical benefits:

· Relaxes the nervous system

· Speeds up the healing process

· Relieves cramps and spasms

· Decreases muscle fatigue

· Improves range of motion and loosens joints

· Muscle strength is increased

· Improves drainage of metabolic wastes

· Stimulates blood circulation

· Improves muscles and skin tone

· Loosens tight muscles

· Stretches connective tissues

Psychological and emotional benefits:

· Mental relaxation

· Improves quality of sleep

· Decreases stress and anxiety levels

· Increases concentration

· Greater sense of well-being

· Improves overall humor

What conditions can be treated?

Swedish Massage is used to treat people that are suffering from various health conditions.

Here is a partial list of some of most common conditions treated using massage therapy.

· Anxiety and Depression

· Migraines

· Sciatica

· Sleeping disorders

· Inflammatory conditions

· Asthma

· Dislocations

· Carpal tunnel 

· Multiple sclerosis

· Stroke

· Parkinson

· Fibromyalgia

· Tendonitis 

· Autoimmune Rheumatic Disorders

· Rheumatoid Arthritis (R)A

· Osteoarthritis (OA)

· Emphysema

· Muscle Tension/Spasm

· Sprains

· Strains

· Osteoporosis

What can I expect during a Swedish Massage?

In this type of massage, you lie on a massage table and are draped with either a towel or sheet. It is usually a full-body treatment, unless otherwise specified. Each session usually lasts 60 minutes. Essential oils, Massage gels, lotion or unscented oil is used to assist with the gliding movements of the massage techniques.

Can everyone get a Swedish Massage?

If you have any of the following conditions, please consult with your doctor or primary care provider prior to massage therapy treatments. You should also advise your Massage Therapist and they will decide if it's a conditional or if it is advisable to continue with this type of massage.  Broken bones, fractures, dislocations, sprains, Contagious diseases, Open or unhealed sores, Varicose veins, Recent surgery, Kidney disease, Hemorrhaging, Torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles, High blood pressure or heart problems, Cancer, History thrombosis phlebitis, Drug treatment with blood thinners

How do I know if the Massage Therapist is a good?

Certified Massage Therapists undergo extensive training and continue to receive training throughout their career. When looking for a Massage Therapist you can always ask your family, friends or doctor to refer you to one. Verify that they are Certified/Registered and a member of a respected professional association for Massage Therapists.