Swedish Massage Therapy
The most common style of massage is Swedish massage therapy. If it’s your first time at the spa or you don’t get massage very often, Swedish massage may be the perfect massage for you. If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure, even momentary discomfort, to get relief from muscle pain, it’s better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another form of Swedish massage.
The ultimate goal of Swedish massage is complete relaxation for the entire body. This relaxed state is achieved by massaging the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It involves both soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on the topmost layers of muscles.
Stressed out? A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Your Swedish massage session can be 60 or 90 minutes long and will be customized to meet your specific needs … so book your Swedish massage today and prepare yourself for total relaxation!