What Is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage is the most common form of massage therapy practiced in the United States. The therapist (using massage oil or lotion) employs long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements that focus on the superficial layers of muscle.
What Are The Benefits of Swedish Massage?
- stimulates the relaxation response within your nervous system
- lowers levels of stress hormones such as cortisol
- relieves symptoms of stress and anxiety
- increases blood circulation to your tissues
- brings oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues
- helps eliminate waste and toxins stored in your muscles
- enhances the immune system
- relieves muscle tension and pain
- increases flexibility and mobility
- improves energy and alertness
Why do people get massage therapy?
- Back pain
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress relief and stress-related conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Circulatory and respiratory problems
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
What Happens During A Typical Massage Therapy Session?
- A typical massage therapy session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. Your therapist will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. The therapist will discuss with you the focus and scope of the session and both of you will agree on what will be addressed during the massage. You set your own limits and communicate them clearly to the therapist.
- You will be asked to undress to your comfort level (many people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table.
- The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the face rest and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold.
- You will be underneath the sheet at all times. In the USA only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.
- The massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage. Depending on the agreement reached between you and your therapist, the massage may or may not address the back, legs, feet, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, abdomen and face.
- After the massage, the therapist leaves the room so you can get changed. Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. After you are dressed, the therapist will conduct a brief post-session assessment and discuss plans for future treatment with you if necessary.
Will Swedish Massage Therapy Hurt?
- Massage therapy shouldn't hurt. Occasionally there is mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over "knots" and other areas of muscle tension. A good therapist will check in with you on the amount of pressure you desire.
- If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know immediately.
How Will You Feel After The Session?
- Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.
- Do not eat a heavy meal before the massage.
Massage is not recommended:
- if you have an infectious skin disease, rash, or open wound
- immediately after surgery
- immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
Always check with your doctor before getting a massage:
- if you have osteoporosis
- if you are prone to blood clots
- If you have heart disease
- if you are pregnant
Based on your pre-session interview, the massage therapist may conclude that it would be prudent to refer you to a physician and reschedule your session. Massage therapists are neither trained nor legally permitted to diagnose. However, they are trained to be observant and to be aware of signs that may contraindicate massage. In keeping with the massage therapist's code of ethics, it is always better to err on the side of caution for your well being. It is strongly recommended that you follow your therapist's advice if you are referred for consultation. You should not be charged for the session.
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