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Swedish Massage

November 9, 2009 by  
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Swedish Massage

Massage is a way of manipulating the soft tissue of the body that has
developed over thousands of years. The hands are used to work on the
soft tissues, usually the muscles, aiming to relax, stimulate or
rehabilitate the whole body, or part of it. Massage helps to promote
suppleness of muscles, improves circulation and reduces stress,

Massage is a natural therapy that can benefit most people from babies to
adults throughout life. It is comforting and instinctive. What do we do
when we hurt ourselves? We rub or touch the affected place with our
hands. Touch is natural, comforting and relaxing. Through massage we
stimulate the different systems of the body. We encourage better
circulation, help digestion and waste removal and neural
communication. We stimulate and relax muscles preventing spasm and
stiffness. Since 75% of disease is thought to be caused by stress, massage,
which reduces stress, may well be a tool for better health.

Massage has been used all over the world throughout history.

In fact a brief study of the animal kingdom shows that animals use touch in a
similar way, grooming their young, licking wounds and nuzzling and
nudging each other to show affection. Evidence of massage has been
found in all the main civilizations from the Chinese and Japanese to the
Greeks and Romans. Modern massage is based on techniques developed
by Per Henrik Ling,(177611839), a physiologist and fencing master
from Sweden. It is because of his influence that massage is referred to as
Swedish Massage. Massage has had to battle for respectability but is
gaining recognition as people are increasingly aware of complementary
therapies. There are different systems of massage but Swedish massage is
the basis for most of them. It can be used alone or combined with other
treatments and is central to therapies such as physiotherapy, and
aromatherapy.

What to expect during a treatment.

A first treatment will begin with a consultation when general health and
any medical condition will be discussed. The therapist will then discuss
lifestyle with the client, including diet, exercise, sleeping patterns, work
and leisure activities. These areas all have some affect on the health of
the client. The client is then left to undress (underpants should always be
left on), and lie on the treatment couch covered with towels. Modesty is
preserved at all times during a treatment, the client is always covered
and only the part of the body being massaged is uncovered. The comfort
of the client is always a concern as the client needs to relax in order to
benefit from the treatment.

During the treatment, the room should be warm and relaxing. Soft
music may be played, the lights may be dimmed, candles may be lit. The
therapist uses oil, cream or talc to help smooth movements over the skin,
using a variety of techniques to sooth and stimulate the soft tissue.
When the treatment is finished the client will be left to rest for a few
minutes before being given a drink of water. Water is very important
following any treatment as toxins are moved about during the treatment
and the water helps to flush them out of the body. If you do not drink
following a treatment you risk developing a headache.

The therapist will give advice to the client following a treatment. All
kinds of reactions can be experienced. The client may be very relaxed
but should be warned that sometimes it causes more frequent urination,
headaches, thirst and sleepiness. They will also be advised to rest and
relax to prolong the effect of the treatment, avoid drinking tea and
coffee as these both contain caffeine, a stimulant that will quickly
reverse the relaxing effect of the massage and to drive carefully as the
client may not realise how relaxed they have become.

Is massage for you?

Only you can decide that by going along to a
reputable therapist and trying it. It can take a couple of treatments to
begin to really enjoy the experience so aim to have a few weekly
treatments to appreciate the relaxing effect.

Go on give yourself a treat.