Swedish massage is one of the most popular methods of massage and the most common in centers specialized in massage sessions, as many people are keen to obtain the benefits of Swedish massage by undergoing Swedish massage sessions because it guarantees the body to reach a state of psychological comfort and relaxation.
What is Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is one of the oldest and most common methods of massage, and it includes the process of massaging and rubbing the body, especially the muscles and muscle tissues, and massaging them with gentle circular movements, as well as diversifying between gentle massage movements and also strong massage movements, in which pressure is used with the fingers.
Swedish massage is the basis of some other massage methods that were developed later, such as deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and sports massage. All these massage methods depend in their method mainly on Swedish massage methods.
The history of Swedish massage
The history of Swedish massage goes back to a Swedish scientist named Per Henrik, who was considered the first to carry out the system of movements used in Swedish massage, and then this massage was developed and organized through a system dedicated to it by Dr. Johan George.
This type of massage was called Swedish massage after the Swedish scientist who invented these movements.
Swedish massage method
Before entering into a Swedish massage session, you must first lie on your stomach, and then the following will be done:
- The work of strokes along the body in order to warm up the muscles and stimulate blood circulation, and this is evidenced by the heat felt by the person undergoing the massage session.
- After that, a massage and rubbing of the muscles is done in a circular motion, at first it is gently massaged and then a stepping-up in the strength of the massage, where the fingers are used to apply pressure to the muscles while massaging the muscles.
- Fingers are then pressed against the muscles throughout the body, in order to increase the feeling of relaxation.
- Vibrations are made in the muscles to stimulate blood flow and relax you.
The benefits of Swedish massage
Stimulate blood circulation
The massage movements in Swedish massage relax the blood vessels, which helps to expand them and reduce blood pressure through them, which stimulates the movement of blood through these vessels.
Relieve muscle pain
The strokes that take place during Swedish massage sessions target the nerves adjacent to the muscles, in order to block the arrival and translation of nerve signals of pain to the brain, and thus the person feels less pain.
Stimulating the body to flush out toxins
One of the benefits of Swedish massage is that it stimulates the work of the lymphatic system, which in turn activates and performs its primary function, which is to expel toxins from the body.
Reach a state of relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety
During a Swedish massage session, the body is massaged in order to stimulate the production of the hormone endorphins, which gives the body a feeling of relaxation and psychological comfort, and reduces stress levels and nervous stress.
Increased muscle tone
Swedish massage movements reduce muscle fatigue and muscle spasms, as well as the muscle reaches a state of relaxation, which increases the flexibility of the muscle and stimulates its movement.
Control of blood pressure
Swedish massage is a useful way to treat high blood pressure, as it helps relax and expand blood vessels and thus reduce the resistance to blood flow through them, so blood pressure decreases and returns to normal levels.
The risks of Swedish massage
Although Swedish massage is one of the wonderful complementary treatments, and the best way to reach a state of relaxation and psychological peace, it is dangerous for people who suffer from the following conditions:
- Varicose veins.
- pregnant woman.