SWEDISH MASSAGE

 

Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Swedish massage is the most commonly used form of massage.

Swedish massage uses a system of long, gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, generally in the direction of blood flow toward the heart.  It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension. The aim of Swedish massage is to increase the body's absorption of oxygen which helps the body to rejuvenate. It also contributes to the detoxification process which speeds up the rate at which cells eliminate waste in a process which involves flushing the lactic acid, uric acid and other waste products from the tissues. Additionally it stimulates the skin and nervous system and exercises the ligaments and tendons to ensure they are kept supple. The entire process is extremely relaxing and is championed for its ability to reduce both emotional and physical stress. Gentle massage stimulates sensory nerve endings in the skin, which transmit messages through the nervous system and cause the brain to release endorphins.  These are the body's natural painkillers, feel-good chemicals that create a sense of well-being.

We usually start by you laying on your back, face up. I massage the front of each leg, both arms, and finish with your neck and shoulders. When done I hold the towel up  while you turn over onto your front with your head in a u-shaped face cradle so your spine stays neutral. I continue then by working on the back of each leg, moving to your back and finish by placing a steamed towel on your shoulders.

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