Swedish/Holistic Massage

What is Swedish massage?

In Sweden, "Swedish massage" is simply known as "classic massage". And that is exactly what it is – a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage.

 

The main techniques used in Swedish massage – stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or "pounding" They're designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you more relaxed. Oils or lotions are used to lubricate the skin, and create a warming effect.

 

What is Swedish massage good for?

 

Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This sensitivity to pressure makes it ideal for relaxation.Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:

 

  • easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
  • improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
  • helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
  • stimulating the nervous system
  • reducing emotional and physical stress.

 

Before you go
Check with the therapist about what you should wear if you are unsure. Be aware that the oils and lotions used in massage can stain fabrics, so it's a good idea to opt for something old.

 

Precautions
As with all treatments, inform your therapist of any medical conditions you may have and tell them if you are – or just think you might be – pregnant. It's best to avoid heavy meals and alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.

 

Hot tip!
All massage can leave you feeling thirsty and needing to go to the toilet more than usual – this is because it's got your lymph circulation going and your body is flushing out toxins. Drink plenty of water afterwards as you slowly drift back to planet Earth.