Swedish massage therapy is the most well-known and widely practiced type of therapeutic massage—and for good reason. This type of massage focuses on muscle relaxation, targeting superficial muscles (rather than the connective tissues targeted in deep-tissue massage) and increasing blood circulation.
If you have a condition like arthritis and are suffering from chronic pain as a result, Swedish massage can be an effective method for managing that pain in a natural way. Talk to your massage therapist about your pain points so he or she can target those areas and use a motion to improve local circulation and reduce muscle tension.
Decreased Stress & Increased Relaxation
Many of us live demanding lives, both overscheduled and over-worked. Stress can manifest in the body with increased muscle tension and sometimes pain. Stress can also manifest in the mind with increased worry or anxiety. Swedish Massages help to clear the body and mind of unwanted responses to stress by calming the nervous system and relaxing muscular tension.
Increases Flexibility & Range of Motion
Swedish Massage can elongate the muscles, open and lubricate the joints and decrease swelling, all of which can ease movement and increase flexibility. By incorporating stretching techniques, Swedish style massages can also increase a more fluid range of motion.