A Swedish massage is the manipulation of soft tissues for therapeutic purposes. All the massage strokes relate to the bodies circulatory and lymphatic systems. Massage helps to relieve tension, alleviate fatigue and instil deep relaxation.
Massage was developed many thousands of years ago. It can be referenced historically in many cultures including Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Roman and ancient Egyptian. The original movements of effleurage, petrissage and friction have remained the same, it is only the techniques that have changed.
Massage is both mentally and physically relaxing. The therapeutic touches make us feel good, relieving the stress and tension associated with everyday living, leaving a feeling of well-being and increased energy levels.
The massage can be tailored to suit anyone from a stressed out business person who needs relaxing, to a sports enthusiast with tired muscles in need of a deeper massage. Treatments can also be tailored using aromatherapy oils containing essential oils.
For up to 24 hours post-treatment clients are advised to rest, take it easy with no strenuous exercise, drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and heavy meals and also not to have heat treatments.
Swedish massage is very flexible and the movements can be adapted to be relaxing, stimulating, invigorating or sedating. This treatment could be recommended to almost everyone, it can even help with weight reduction.
It is best avoided by anyone suffering from deep vein thrombosis or any skin diseases, or currently undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
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