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Here is a round up from the talk on Swedish Massage; its history, what the treatment involves and its benefits.

The brief history of Swedish Massage

From the earliest people, humans have understood that applying pressure prevents pain. We instinctively rub physical hurts better. We also naturally use touch to soothe and re assure emotional upset by giving hugs and gentle rubbing on the back.

From there the ancient people of China, India, Greece began to document a more methodical approach to using the power of touch as a healing art.

It wasn’t until the 17th century when the Swedish physiologist, Pehr Henrik Ling, began developing the first ideas of modern massage. Later in the 18th century the Dutch physician Johan Georg Mezger who developed the style of massage we know today as Swedish Massage.

What is Swedish Massage?

Massage is a type of body work which applies different pressures, usually using the hands and arms. There are 5 main different techniques used these are;

  • effleurage (long, gliding strokes),
  • petrissage (lifting and kneading the muscles),
  • friction (firm, deep, circular rubbing movements),
  • tapotement (brisk tapping or percussive movements)
  • vibration (rapidly shaking or vibrating specific muscles)

What are the benefits of Swedish Massage?

The main benefit of Swedish massage is for stress reduction. Research shows that up to 90% of disease is stress related. Regular massage helps to offset stress and is a great way to maintain balance in your life.

They say prevention is better than the cure and massage is an effective supplement to a healthy lifestyle.

Some additional benefits from massage are:

  • Releases muscular tension
  • Improves posture
  • Boosts immunity
  • Increases mobility
  • Reduces swelling
  • Improves circulation

My personal favourite benefit of massage is its ability to promote feelings of well being and happiness. We have 4, let’s call them, happy hormones; Oxytocin, Dopamine, Endorphins and Serotonin.

Physical touch, through massage, triggers the release of Oxytocin which soothes anxiety and boost happy, content feelings. There is a direct coloration between a having a happy mind leading to a happier, healthier body.

[For more info on happy hormones and how to use them to give you a boost click the link]

Swedish Massage is accessible to all and treatments can be tailored to your needs. The most popular treatment is the 45 minute Back, Neck and Shoulders Massage for an effective way to unwind from work before the weekend begins.

If you would like to book in with Sarah Rowe Tel direct: 07841 823343

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