The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the last century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Benefits of Swedish massage
Swedish massage may provide relief from:
other health problems.
Other possible benefits include:
stimulation of circulation
an increase in muscle tone and
a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems.
Swedish massage also shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
The usual sequence in which a swedish massage strokes are conducted are effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, percussion, and finally passive and active movements (bending and stretching).
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