Swedish Massage, devised in Sweden, is the most commonly offered technique in Massage Therapy and is usually the basis of most of the different modalities. This technique involves the use of long gliding strokes, kneading, tapping, friction and vibration. Swedish Massage is one of the most basic techniques that most massage therapists will use during a treatment and build other techniques on. If you don't receive massages often or if it's your first ever massage, then Swedish Massage is the best modality for you. As the primary goal of a Swedish Massage is to completely relax you, during the therapy session the therapist will work your whole body working with the soft tissues and muscles to restore health and balance. If you are experiencing stress or simply want to relax, then this modality is for you.
Swedish Massage, being the most common massage modality, has numerous benefits. It helps rehabilitate muscles after an injury by the therapist working on specific areas of the body and working with specific muscles to “work out the kinks”. This form of massage is great for increasing flexibility, improving immune system, pain management, and soft tissue strains and injuries. Swedish Massage is best known to reduce stress as this modality is used to maximize relaxation. Lowering stress levels help as well with reducing tension headaches, giving you more energy and allowing you to get a better night’s sleep. It is said that an hour of massage is said to be equivalent to 8 hours of sound sleep.