There’s nothing more relaxing than a good massage. It’s a great way to pamper yourself after a grueling work out or just as part of a weekend get away spa package.

There are all sorts of different massage therapies out there from deep tissue to Shiatsu. One of the most popular types of massage is a Swedish massage.  If you still aren’t sure if a Swedish massage is what you’re looking for don’t worry, here’s a guide to Swedish massage.

There are a few things that make Swedish massage a little different from other types. They are

  • Type of stroke: The masseuse will use less pressure and work down the length of the body part being massaged in a long fluid motion. This releases tension throughout the entire muscle.
  • Muscle group: A Swedish massage practitioner will concentrate on a single muscle or muscle group at a time. They’ll work it until you feel like jelly.
  • Intensity: Swedish massage is a more gentle massage technique than deep tissue or sports therapy.  It isn’t meant for rehabilitation or lactic acid release instead it’s a light to moderate pressure meant for relaxation.
  • Heat: A warm muscle is less likely to be injured. It’s why we warm up before working out. The same is true with massage. The masseuse will rub the muscle down to create friction heat. By warming the area the massage is much more effective.
  • Vibration: Swedish massage uses vibration to help loosen up the muscles as well. This is normally accomplished by rapidly tapping the muscle with quick medium to heavy thumps with the edge of the hand.

Hopefully this guide to Swedish massage gives you a good idea of what to expect when you book a spa appointment.  You’ll come out of a Swedish massage feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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