Swedish Massage is perhaps the most well known massage modality as well as the most misunderstood. Swedish Massage is a major component of any RMT training as it uses the basics of manipulation to encourage healthy circulation and blood flow as well as teaches the essence of massage therapy and its benefits.
How Swedish Massage is Performed
Swedish Massage uses long strokes along the body in order to encourage better circulation and increase the amount of oxygen in the blood while decreasing muscle toxins. Swedish Massage is often associated with relaxation and for good reason. The soothing motions of stroking and rubbing are designed to release tension and improve blood flow to the heart. Techniques taught for Swedish Massage include:
- How to properly apply circular pressure with the hands and palms
- Firm kneading
- How to properly bend and stretch limbs
The Difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage
During your training you will learn many modalities and two of the most important techniques are Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. While Swedish Massage concentrates on the long and soothing strokes ad rubbing techniques to increase blood flow, Deep Tissue Massage focuses on deeper pressure designed to release chronic muscle tension. It is called Deep Tissue Massage as it penetrates more deeply in order to work the facsia, tendons and muscle tendons protecting bones, muscles and joints.
The Health Benefits You Provide with Swedish Massage
The health benefits of Swedish Massage include significant decreases in the stress hormone cortisol as well as the hormone that can increases cortisol levels, arginine vasopressin. Swedish Massage also improves and increases lymphocytes, the white blood cells that help keep your immune system functioning properly. This can help fight off illness such as cold and flu. Reducing stress can also reduce blood pressure and increase the ability for a more satisfying sleep. Chronic pain sufferers will also experience an increase in flexibility as well as an improvement in range of motion. Swelling can also be decreased with regular Swedish Massage Treatments.
Patient Focused Treatment
As with any massage you will also be taught how to assess your patient in order to provide the massage best suited to their health history and needs. Swedish Massage must be applied properly in order to avoid aggravating current issues and to present the best solutions for complaints a patient might be experiencing. Special attention must also be given to areas that have experienced previous injury and you will be taught how to aid in the healing of these areas.
Swedish Massage is definitely a modality designed to aid in relaxation, but it also has many healing effects that assist in flexibility, relieving chronic pain and increasing blood flow.