Also known as “relaxation massage”
What is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the West. This style of massage promotes relaxation while using long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood return to the heart. Typically, Swedish massage is performed at a lighter and more gentle pressure. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation , decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion. If you have never experienced bodywork before, Swedish massage is a great place to start. Swedish massage sessions usually last 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Origin of Swedish Massage:
Swedish massage was invented by a Swedish fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling in the 1830s. When he injured his elbows, he reportedly cured himself using tapping (percussion) strokes around the affected area. Ling created a style of massage by combining his knowledge of gymnastics, and physiology and from Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman techniques. This technique was brought to the United States from Sweden by two brothers, Dr. Charles and Dr. George Taylor in the 1850s.
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