What is Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is one of the most popular and common types of massage therapy. It is also one of the main techniques used for relaxation.
Because Swedish massage is a type of relaxation massage, it has several key differences from other types of massage.
The biggest one is that it is gentler and more superficial, whereas other types of massage like deep tissue massage and remedial massage therapy use firmer, deeper strokes with a greater amount of pressure.
Another difference is that Swedish massage targets the whole body, whereas other types of massage (such as remedial massage) focus only on certain parts of the body.
Who can benefit from Swedish massage?
Although most people can benefit from the relaxation and health benefits of Swedish massage, it is not recommended for people with certain conditions or diseases. It is important that you first check with your doctor if you suffer from any current medical conditions.
Swedish massage may be contraindicated in pregnant women, and people with cuts or open wounds, bruises, current muscle or tendon injuries, broken bones, burns, varicose veins, blood clots, cancer, bleeding disorders, arthritis, skin conditions, kidney or liver disease, fever, inflammation, or hypertension.
What does Swedish massage involve?
Before commencing your massage, your massage therapist will ask you about your goals for the treatment, including the areas of your body that you would like them to spend the most time on during the massage.
You will then be asked to undress, and lay face down on the massage table. Towels will be used to protect your modesty. Because Swedish massages are usually full-body massages, you will usually turn over halfway through the massage.
Your massage therapist will use several different massage techniques during your Swedish massage. These may include a combination of long strokes and kneading, rolling, circular, and gliding motions.
What are the benefits of Swedish massage?
Swedish massage has a number of health benefits. These include that it:
- Helps to alleviate muscle tension by loosening up and relaxing the soft tissues
- Can provide relief from the pain and symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions, disease, and other medical conditions
- Increases the flow of blood through the body
- Supports the healing of muscle injuries
- Promotes stress relief
- Increases flexibility and mobility
- Boosts immunity
- Improves posture
- Supports better mood and mental health
- Increases energy
- Improves quality of sleep
How can I get started with Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is just one of the types of massage we offer at Chiro & Integrative Therapies. We are based in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
To find out more about Swedish massage, give us a call today on (07) 5607 0161.
Is Swedish massage covered by my private health fund?
Some private health funds cover Swedish massage. However, what is and isn’t covered can vary between different insurers and coverage plans. To find out if your private health fund covers this type of therapy, check with your insurer directly.
Who will be performing my Swedish massage?
At Chiro & Integrative Therapies, your massage will be performed by one of our qualified Swedish massage therapists.
Does Swedish massage hurt?
No. Because Swedish massage involves gentler, more superficial strokes, you should not experience any pain or discomfort during your massage.