Nails & Beauty
What is Swedish massage and what is it for?
If it's your first time at the salon or you don't get massage very often, Swedish massage is the perfect place to start.
It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist's personal style and what he or she wants to achieve. In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various strokes that warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension and creates other health benefits
You usually start by laying face down with your head in a u-shaped face cradle so your spine stays neutral. The therapist generally starts by works your back, using various massage strokes that include effleurage (gliding), kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping. When she's finished with the back, she works the back of each leg. When done with the back side, she holds the sheet or towel up and looks away while you turn over onto your back ,she quickly covers you again. The therapist then massages the front of each leg, both arms, and generally finishes with your neck and shoulders.
Benefits of having a swedish massage
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, and great for reducing emotional and physical stress.
* 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.