What is a Swedish massage?
A Swedish massage is the most commonly performed massage in the UK and is the basis for all therapeutic massages in the West, so you may already be familiar with many of the techniques used. In general, a Swedish massage is typically characterised by the massage therapist using long, fluid stokes to work on muscle layers that are closer to the skin, unlike a deep tissue massage which focuses on deeper muscle layers.
The massage focuses on improving blood flow around the body while relaxing muscles. This boosts overall circulation and eases tight and painful muscles, helping you feel more agile and relaxed.
In order to loosen muscles, the massage therapist will use a combination of sliding, circling, kneading and rubbing hand movements across your back, arms, legs, shoulders and abdomen.
As well as being a fanatic stress reliever, a Swedish massage is ideal way for easing joint stiffness, muscle tension, back pain and even reducing headaches.
What to Expect
You will usually begin face down on the massage table, allowing the therapist to apply oil to your upper and lower back. They will then begin to slowly warm up your muscle tissue, feeling for knots and places of tension to asses which areas need the most concentration.
The massage therapist will then slowly move down to your upper and lower legs before turning you face-up to begin on your arms, neck and abdomen.
Most full body Swedish massages last between forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on individual needs.
After the massage is over, you will feel calm, relaxed and maybe even sleepy. Some patients may also experience muscle ache, so it is recommended that you drink plenty of water beforehand to help keep muscles hydrated and reduce these effects.
All massages at the Light Touch Clinic are performed by trained massage therapists.
If you have any further questions, or would like book a Swedish massage, you can contact us on:
Phone: 01932 849 552