Relaxing Swedish Massage

 

Swedish massage was invented by a Swedish fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling in the 1830s. When he was injured in the elbows, he reportedly cured himself using tapping (percussion) strokes around the affected area. He later developed the technique currently known as Swedish massage. The specific techniques used in Swedish massage involve the application of long gliding strokes, friction, and kneading and tapping movements on the soft tissues of the body. Sometimes passive or active joint movements are also used.

 

 

 

There are numerous physical benefits associated with the use of Swedish massage:

 

  • loosening tight muscles and stretching connective tissues

  • relieving cramps and muscle spasms and decreasing muscle fatigue

  • loosening joints and improving range of motion

  • increasing muscle strength

  • calming the nervous system

  • stimulating blood circulation

  • firming up muscle and skin tone

  • relieving symptoms of such disorders as asthma , arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome , chronic and acute pain syndromes, myofacial pain, headache , temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and athletic injuries

  • speeding up healing from injury and illness

  • improving lymphatic drainage of metabolic wastes

 

Mental benefits associated with massage therapy include the following:

 

  • mental relaxation

  • improvement in length and quality of sleep

  • relief of stress, depression, anxiety and irritation

  • increased ability to concentrate

  • improved sense of well-being

 

What to expect during a session:

 

In Swedish massage, the person to be massaged lies on a massage table and is draped with a towel or sheet. It is a full-body massage treatment, except in areas that are contraindicated or where the client requests not to be touched. Aromatic or unscented oil or lotion is used to facilitate the massage movements. Each session usually lasts 60-90 minutes. Depending on the client's preferences, a massage session may involve the use of several or all of the following basic techniques: effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, and tapotement.

Back Door Spa

42 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch, NZ

 03 326 5152 or 021 250 6256