As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
In fact, “National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol.”
Swedish Massage is the most commonly offered massage therapy and it involves the use of 5 strokes, long-gliding strokes, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, friction and stretching.
The Benefits of Swedish Massage include:
- Pain management including symptoms from sciatica, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and other causes of chronic pain.
- Increased blood flow from the long gliding strokes can open up your blood vessels and increases your blood flow.
- Rehabilitation for muscle injuries. Kneading and friction can help allay pain from any existing injuries, such as adhesions.
- Increased flexibility. By relaxing the muscles during the massage and stretching, you can experience a wider range of motion.
- Reduced stress. The combination of the hands-on attention and the peaceful environment should relax you, lowering the level of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. Lowered stress levels can reduce headaches, improve sleep patterns, and increase energy.
- Improved immune system. Reduced cortisol levels also allow your immune system to heal and grow stronger, which can contribute to your overall health.
At Lexington Center for Acupuncture, Reiki and Massage in Lexington KY, traditional Swedish massage is performed by Heather Bullock, LMT. You may contact her at 859-595-2381 or fill out our contact form.