This is the best-known and most common type of massage in the west. Just like other types of therapeutic massage, Swedish massage is performed by massage therapists who are licensed and trained.This type of massage is based on western concepts of physiology and anatomy instead of energy work on sen lines as is the case in the Asian systems of massage .
What happens during Swedish massage?
During Swedish massage, the therapist uses massage oil to lubricate the skin and then performs a variety of massage strokes. The strokes work and warm up the tissue of the muscle, breaking up adhered tissues known as adhesions, and also releasing tension.The therapist should ask you about various conditions that he or she should known about, including injuries, before the massage. You should tell him or her about allergies, areas of pain or tightens, and pregnancy among other conditions. It is advisable not to get a massage if you are suffering from an ailment. You can also tell the therapist if you prefer light pressure to firm pressure, or the other way.
The therapist then gives you instructions about how to lie on the table i.e. either facing up or facing down, and underneath the towel or sheet. He or she then leaves the room and will ask you if you are ready before entering the room.You are generally nude during a Swedish massage, underneath a sheet or towel. The therapist will only uncover the body part he or she is working on. This is known as the draping technique. However, you can keep your underwear on if the nudity gets out of your comfort zone.
Usually, you start by laying face down while your head is in a u-shaped face cradle in order to keep your spine neutral .The therapist starts by working on your back using a variety of massage strokes such as kneading, stretching, effleurage and friction.When finished with your back, he or she then works the back of both legs. Once through, the therapist then holds the towel or sheet up and looks away while you turn over onto your back and scoot down, and then quickly covers you again. He or she then massages both arms and the front of each of the legs, finishing with your neck and shoulders.
Therapists however have their own technique and style. Some of them perform the massage in a different order.You can ask them to spend more time on a particular area if you only have 50 minutes. You should also ask the therapist to adjust the pressure if it is too light or too firm.The cost of a Swedish massage will vary depending on where you get the service i.e. a resort spa, a day spa, a massage therapist or a destination spa. It will also depend on the part of the country you live.
Benefits of Swedish massage:
Shortens recovery time from muscular strain.
Stimulates the skin and nervous system.
Stretches ligaments and tendons keeping them pliable and supple.
Increases circulation without increasing heart load.