What is a Swedish massage?
Often to the surprise of many, Swedish massage did not actually originate in the country it is named after. The source of Swedish massages origins actually causes some controversy in the community; many believe it to have been developed by Finnish doctor Peter Ling, while others acredit it to Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger.
No matter where this massage technique originated, Swedish massage has indisputably become one of the most popular techniques around the world today.
What are the benefits of getting a Swedish massage at home?
One of the main goals of Swedish massage is to improve your circulation and promote relaxation through soothing and relieving your muscles.
Reduces Stress - High levels of stress often causes our muscles to grow rigid and tense. Swedish massage aids our muscles to relax, helping reduce all the tension that has been built up. The gentle style of Swedish massage has helped to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Allowing for higher levels of “good” hormones such as serotonin to prevail.
Improved mobility - Swedish massage uses gentle movements to work the ligaments and muscles which can help to improve your range of movement in your body, keeping you supple and agile. In addition, the therapist may incorporate some gentle stretches into your Swedish massage, and these too can help to improve your range of movement.
Improved blood circulation - Swedish massage gently rubs your tissue in the same direction of your blood flow, towards your heart. This optimises your circulatory system, allowing blood to move around with more ease. Creating a feeling of complete relaxation while also gaining a strong energy boost as a result of the increased blood circulation.
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