Swedish massage therapy is a common modality and the best-known bodywork type today. This is because the primary goal behind the practice is to relax the entire body. This goal is achieved by rubbing the muscles in the direction blood moves when it returns to the heart. However, relaxation isn't the only goal that is met. Swedish massage helps increase oxygen levels in the blood, which reduces toxins in the muscles and improves circulation. Simultaneously, tension is relieved and that's what makes you feel more relaxed after a session.
A study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that volunteers who received just 45-minute Swedish massages showed lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Too much cortisol has harmful effects on the body, including weight gain. The volunteers also showed increased lymphocytes and more immune cells that help fight the cold and flu.
Swedish Massage Techniques
Aside from the long, gliding strokes, other techniques include using the hands or palms to apply circular pressure. Other motions include kneading, bending and stretching, and tapping. Be sure to communicate with your massage therapist during the massage in case anything is uncomfortable. This helps customize the massage to your specific needs.
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