A Swedish Massage is a classic relaxation treatment which represents the western standard for massage.
About Swedish Massage
In Sweden, “Swedish massage” is simply known as “classic massage”. And that is exactly what it is – a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage.
The five main techniques used in Swedish massage:
Stroking and gliding | Kneading | Rubbing | Tapping or “pounding”
These are probably what spring to mind when you think of a “typical” massage. They’re designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you more relaxed.
What is Swedish massage good for?
Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This sensitivity to pressure makes it ideal for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:
Easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
Improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
Helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
Stimulating the nervous system
Reducing emotional and physical stress.
Before you go check with the clinic about what you should wear. If the thought of removing all your clothes makes you blush, you will need to bring loose, comfortable clothing. Be aware that the oils and lotions used in massage can stain fabrics, so it’s a good idea to opt for something old.
What to expect from a Swedish massage
Your massage will probably last around 60 or 90 minutes. You’ll be given time to undress privately and lie down on the massage table, usually padded for extra comfort, where you may cover yourself with towels. You don’t have to be completely exposed at any point; your therapist can uncover one little bit of you at a time depending on the area she is focusing on. If you’re worried about anything, don’t hesitate to say so.
Your therapist might assess your complexion at the start of your treatment and choose essential oils or lotions to suit your skin type. These will be massaged into your body with a series of strokes and techniques classic to Swedish massage. The treatment is very sensitive to pressure and takes into account the delicate or tender areas of your body, so it should be comfortable and soothing.
Some therapists like to play music during your massage, as it can help you to unwind. Don’t be afraid to say if you’d prefer not to have it – or indeed if you’re unhappy with anything else in the treatment room. Being content in your surroundings is important for relaxation and will help you sink happily into your massage.