Swedish Massage is the most well-known and widely practiced type of therapeutic massage in the Western world. Developed in the early 19th century, it owes its origins to physician and physiotherapist, Per Henrik Ling, who developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included a series of movements performed by a therapist.
The five main techniques used in Swedish Massage are stroking and gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping or pounding and vibration.
One of the primary goals of the Swedish Massage technique is to relax the entire body. But Swedish Massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. There are numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits associated with the use of Swedish Massage which include:
- Increased blood flow
- Eases back pain, loosens tight muscles and reduces scar tissue
- Improves lymphatic drainage of metabolic wastes
- Reduces anxiety, stress and fatigue
- Mental relaxation and an improved sense of well-being