Swedish body massage involves touch, pressure and flowing movements applied to the skin and underlying tissues to release muscular tension, relieve pain, aid healing from injury, alleviate stress, relax the body and enhance well-being. It is based on the Western concepts of anatomy & physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridians” or sen lines in Asian massage systems.
In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Before the massage, inform the therapist of any injuries or conditions that he or she should know about, include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill. After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table, and leaves the room. He or she will knock or ask if you are ready before entering.
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm. He developed a system which became known as Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.
Pregnancy Massage is a wonderful and must-have massage therapy to be enjoyed from the 2nd trimester throughout your pregnancy up until your due date.
Focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body adapts to changes during pregnancy.
Relaxes tense muscles, improves circulation and mobility, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and encourages a sense of well-being and total relaxation.
BENEFITS OF PREGNANCY MASSAGE: