Unlike the Asian massage techniques, Swedish massage uses Western anatomy ideas to treat the body. In Asia, the massages are typically linked to restoring and balancing energy in the body, whereas Swedish massages are more about curing the pain by addressing the aching areas of the body. A typical Swedish massage lasts approximately one hour, whilst a deep tissue massage is around an hour and a half.
It is important that you clearly indicate about your past massage experiences (if any... particularly if you have experienced discomfort) and your expectations from the current session. This will help the massage therapist to accordingly pay adequate attention to your specific problem areas, adjust the massage pressure and pace the session to provide you with maximum healing benefit.
Swedish massage uses oil directly on the skin, which is excellent because there is no chance of getting hurt from rubbing. You will be nude for the massage with a sheet covering the areas that are not currently being massaged. Once the massage has started you can tell the therapist if you would like any alterations in pressure. Be sure to let the therapist know if you are in any unbearable pain as well.
The reasons that Swedish massages are so beneficial for the body are that they stimulate relaxation, reduce stress levels and increase flexibility. When we are stressed our bodies become tense and the massages help to get rid of the built up tension.
There is nothing quite as relaxing as having aches and tense spots loosened. The massage has an effect on the body that is similar to detoxing and therefore, after the massage, you should stay hydrated and try to avoid alcohol and other nutritionally deprived substances such as junk foods after the session.
It is also recommended to refrain from vigorous activities for atleast twenty four hours following a Swedish massage, so as to allow the body to optimally heal and recuperate from the intense healing body-work experience.
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