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Swedish Massage

Touch is such a primary human need which helps explain why massage has been incorporated into human culture for centuries. The Chinese were practising massage as long ago as 3000 BC. Massage was an important part of the Egyptian culture with tombs containing evidence of this. In India, sacred, ancient Hindu texts include massage in their guidelines for hygiene and well-being.
Massage also has a history in sport, with the athletes of ancient Greece using it before and after competing. The Romans recognised the benefits of massage for their injured gladiators and it was also important to cultured Romans too. Many Romans liked to round off their bathing rituals in hot springs and baths with a relaxing massage. It was Mary Queen of Scots who helped get massage established as a recognised form of therapy due to the resulting benefits of massage to her own health.

After extensive research and practical experience at his institute, it was Per Henrik Ling (1776 1839) who developed a scientific system known as Swedish Massage. He introduced French terms, which are still used by therapists today such as Effleurage and Frictions.

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Effleurage is a relaxing, smooth, flowing stroke that is used particularly at the beginning of a massage, it comes from the French word 'effleurer' which means 'to glide or flow'. Percussion and vibration movements are introduced later in the massage, as the movements are fast and rhythmic. The overall effect of these movements tends to be very warm and invigorating, which increases the feeling of well-being.

Massage therapy helps us to relax and can ease aches and pains aiding the release of the bodies natural painkillers, giving a general sense of contentment and well-being. The massage involves soothing manipulation and kneading of the body's muscles and joints, improving the circulation and stimulating lymphatic drainage, which helps eliminate toxins from the body.

A full body massage usually lasts for approximately an hour. During the treatment bath sheets will be used to ensure your modesty. The therapist uses a massage lotion to help nourish the skin and allow a fluid free flowing massage. Your body responds in two main ways. The physical effect helps to reduce muscle stiffness or can help to increase joint mobility. There are psychological benefits too, such as improving self-esteem.

Overall a massage can help you to relax and unwind which is an ideal antidote to today's stressful lifestyles!

 

The potential benefits of massage include: -

  • Enhanced feelings of relaxation and contentment
  • Relief from pain, such as headaches and back pain
  • Relief from stress and tension
  • The release of endorphins, the body's 'feel good' hormones
  • Improved blood and lymph circulation
  • Increased energy levels and feelings of vitality
  • Injury recovery
  • A general sense of health and well-being

 

To gain the maximum benefit from your massage it is advisable to:-

  • Rest afterwards this will help you to enjoy the relaxing benefits of the treatment and helps your body's natural healing process.
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco and eating spicy food for at least 24 hours
  • Drink plenty of water, which will help to flush away toxins.