Is a Swedish Massage the Right One for You?

If you have ever visited a massage parlor without a clue as to what kind of massage you want or need then there is a good chance that you will have received a Swedish massage.  This type of massage is the most commonly used and most well known massage type.  It is designed to provide relaxation for the entire body.  The technique is actually very simple; long gliding strokes are used to stimulate the muscles, improve blood flow and provide general relaxation.  The movements are all made in the direction of your blood as it returns to your heart.

It is believed and research has confirmed that manipulating your muscles in the right way can help to open the blood vessels and improve the flow of oxygen around your body.  This increased flow and improved oxygen content will help your body to produce more white blood cells.  These are essential to help your body fight off any disease and will boost the efficiency of your immune system.  A secondary result from this type of activity is that the toxins trapped within your muscles are flushed away by the increased blood flow and evicted from your body.

The cleansing of your blood will make you feel better, more energetic and it has been shown to increase your movement and flexibility.

There has been a lot of research conducted into the effectiveness of this type of massage and it has also been shown to effectively reduce the production of cortisol in your body.  This is the most important hormone regarding stress.  The more of this you have in your body the more stressed you are.  It is released every time you need a fight or flight response and consistently high levels are associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Just one forty five minute Swedish massage is enough to dramatically reduce the level of this hormone and improve your health.

Man getting relaxing massage in spa.
Man getting relaxing massage in spa.

A professionally provided Swedish massage will be customized to your needs.  Areas of particular tensions are targeted as is a general manipulation of your entire body.  Every movement is designed to improve the blood flow and ensure it is pumped round your body including through your liver where toxins are removed.  As well as gentle flowing movements, the Swedish massage techniques can include applying circular pressure to specific points on your body, firm kneading and even tapping in specific spots.  The muscles or you limbs are also stretched and bent to improve the flow of your blood and help you to relax.

A Swedish massage is the best choice for anyone experiencing a massage for the first time or who simply wants to relax.  It is also a good type of massage for you if you are feeling a little under the weather.  You may be surprised at how effective it can be!  In fact, everyone could benefit from this old but effective method of massage; no matter how good you feel, you will be surprised at how good you can feel.

 

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