Published: 08/08/2009 - Updated: 10/21/2018
Author: K. Laura Garcés G
One of the most enjoyable ways to oxygenate the body, eliminating toxins and stress, and energize the movement is undoubtedly the massage. Massage is an ancient practice which has been taking many variations, there are many techniques and ways to give a massage, many of them aimed at treating either health or aesthetic problems.
What is the Swedish massage?
The Swedish massage is one of the best known in the Western world, most schools teach this massage technique which has actually many benefits for both health and beauty.
This massage was developed in the year 1830 in Sweden by Henrik Ling. It is currently popular in United States.
Benefits of Swedish massage
- Helps relax muscle tension.
- Very effective for promoting good circulation, which is necessary for a good oxygenation throughout the body, and therefore, promotes a good distribution of nutrients.
- Improves cardiovascular activity and makes the heart work properly.
- Helps eliminate accumulated toxins in the body.
- Relieves pain due to muscle tension decoupling, sciatica, and hard joints.
- Helps combat cellulite, if you go with this purpose to take this massage, tell the masseur to pay special attention to the parts you want to eliminate cellulite. .
- Stimulates oxygenation of the skin and tissues.
- Promotes the health of the nervous system.
- Reduces stress, very useful in contractures of the neck resulting from stress.
- Helps tone the skin.
- Helps the body organs work better in general.
How is it carried out?
This massage is applied through the anointing of oil on the body to avoid irritating the skin and to facilitate proper handling of the body. The massage is generally of natural origin (and you should ask if you want a better result) and there are therapists who use a few drops of aromatherapy oils at the request of the customer or the purpose for which they wish to achieve. The oils of lavender, orange blossom, violet, or rose, for example, are good for accentuating the effects of relaxation. There are slightly warm massage oil to improve absorption and to a better outcome, and there are some others that rely on music to promote a proper environment.
Movements that are used in this massage are against the movement, i.e. towards the heart, thus stimulating circulation.
To make the massage, people can either remain in their underwear or completely naked, in which case using sheets to cover.
The movements of massage
During the massage, different combinations of movements are carried out, the massage joints move and stretch your arms, legs or head. Some typical movements of this massage are Effleurage, which are movements that help to reduce stress on the muscles, the Petrissage, movements that are similar to those that are made by kneading flour. These movements greatly increase the circulation and deeply relax. Other movements that are performed are specific pressure points on the body which has pain when pressed, this indicates that there are knots of stress and tension, which undermine the free flow of energy and blood. This will usually use the thumb. Friction is another type of deep circular movements to relieve tension, and soft rolls or pinching of the skin are some alternative ways to relieve stress and promote circulation. To end this massage, usually mild stroke with closed fists of the hands are applied, which helps energize the body. Brushing of fingers, which is a slight pressure to move the fingertips through the body, it's a nice way to close the session of massage.
How long does it last?
This massage can last between 40 to 90 minutes.
Does anyone can take it?
It's a massage that anyone can take, just have to avoid when you have fever, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, varicose veins or thrombosis. If you suffer from hypertension or heart problems, warn the masseur as in this case they should not massage the area of the abdomen. During pregnancy, you should consult your doctor.
How to find a good masseuse?
Doing massage is not an exercise that anyone can apply. An amateur can have serious problems of implementation if does not have well studied the human body and take his/her job seriously and professionally. If you want a good massage and end up very satisfied with the results, it is best that you go with someone who already has taken one and recommend it, or find a center that offers this service in a professional manner.
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