Nothing beats lying under a sheet in a dimly lit room with soft, relaxing music playing in the background. As a skilled masseuse works on your back and neck muscles with their hands, all of your worries and tension seem to slip away. Anyone who has ever gotten a massage at a spa is all too familiar with just how relaxing they can be. If, on the other hand, you have never had a massage or don’t think it is something you would enjoy, you are in for a real treat. Apart from the relaxation that comes along with massage, there are also a number of health benefits.
Swedish massage relies on firm strokes that are done with a gentle touch. Many people find that it is the ideal type of massage to start out with. During the massage, you lie on a table face-down. There is an area of the table that is cut out for your face so that you can lay with your neck straight. The massage therapist starts with your back, then moves on to your shoulders and arms, eventually working down to the legs. Once the legs are done, you will turn over onto your back where the massage therapist will then work on the front your legs, your arms and the fronts of your shoulders. Typically the massage is done with a flat palm or with the heel of the hand, although sometimes the fingertips are held together and used as well on particularly tight areas. According to Massage Envy’s San Diego Region Director of Operations Kathleen Jensen, Swedish massage is ultimately designed to improve circulation to the muscles. This differs from other types of massage such as Shiatsu, which focuses on pressure points and Thai massage where your body is manipulated by a masseuse while you are on the floor.
Lately massage has been becoming more and more popular — not just as a way to relax, but also as a powerful tool in obtaining better health. For instance, over the past several years Massage Envy has expanded from just a few dozen venues to over 1,000 locations throughout the country. It is not just the people getting massages that tout its benefits; research has actually proven that it can benefit health in many other ways besides just helping to relax the muscles. These benefits include everything from reducing pain caused by arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome to lowering blood pressure, minimizing headaches, relieving pain caused by fibromyalgia and increasing the immune system.
The primary benefit of Swedish massage is the deep level of relaxation that is achieved during a typical massage. Usually a massage focuses on addressing all of the key muscles in the body, lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. The atmosphere where the massage takes place usually include relaxing elements such as soft music or dim lighting, and the table is designed to be as comfortable as possible. Interestingly, the strokes of the massage are designed to mimic the movement of blood throughout the circulatory system, helping to improve circulation while at the same time providing deep relaxation. As the masseuse perform strokes in the direction of the heart, metabolic waste is drained from the arms, legs and trunk of the body. While some strokes are designed to eliminate bodily waste, others have the primary goal of boosting blood flow.
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