Swedish massage is one of the most common types of massage taken in Western Europe. Swedish massage combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fibre friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions.
It is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what you wish to achieve. Swedish massage is performed by a qualified therapist who lubricates the skin with massage oil to treat the whole body.
- Encouraging deep relaxation; calms the nervous system and decreases stress
- Stimulating blood circulation, increasing flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissues
- Supporting the body’s natural balance and energy
- Restoring flexibility to tight, sore muscles; improves tone and loosens bound fascia
- Reducing pain by stimulating release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller)
- Encouraging flow of lymph towards your heart, helping waste be drained away
- Improving skin tone
- Restoring sleeping pattern