What is Swedish Massage Therapy?
Swedish massage therapy, with its systemic long, smooth, gliding strokes, relaxes muscles, increases blood flow and helps your body eliminate toxins. Developed in the early 1800s by Dr. Pehr Henrik Ling at the University of Stockholm, the Swedish technique’s primary goal is to get the entire body to relax by rubbing the muscles in a manner that aids blood flow back toward the heart. This increased blood flow in turn, removes lactic and uric acid build up in muscles, improves circulation and increases ligament and tendon flexibility for a blissfully relaxing experience.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Federal Government’s leading agency in holistic research, conducted a study on the benefits of massage therapy in everyday life. They found participants who received a 45-minute Swedish massage showed decreased levels of
the hormones cortisol and arginine vasopressin, (hormones involved in stress response), increased lymphocytes, (white blood cells), and boosted immunity; proving massage therapy to be an integral part of overall wellness.
The Swedish massage technique, unlike Eastern practices based on energy alignment, utilizes a combination of stroke therapies based on anatomy and physiology for increased physical relief. For a customized massage, please share any aches, pains, or other medical conditions you may have with your therapist; opening this line of communication ensures you will get the best experience for your dollar and that is definitely something you can feel good about.