Five benefits of Swedish Massage
If you were to live in Sweden, you would refer to "Swedish massage" as "classic massage." There are five different techniques involved in undergoing this type of treatment, and they include kneading, rubbing, stroking, tapping and vibration. A combination of all of these practices provides the patient or client with five main benefits.
Benefit 1 - Stress management
In today’s modern world, stress is almost implicit with the style and pace of life. Work, keeping up with your peers, and personal finance, can all come together to induce stress. It is, of course, an unhealthy condition which can lead to high blood pressure with its inherent risks of stroke and heart attack, depression and loss of self-esteem.
The various techniques that are employed in Swedish massage can help to relieve stress by improving your blood circulation and soothing your muscles to bring about a feeling of relaxation. It is precisely what you need to dispel stress.
The use of softer massage on the bonier part of your body and gentler strokes on your more delicate regions combine wonderfully to make you more relaxed.
Benefit 2 - Pain relief
Surveys carried out by the National Institute for Health and the American National Massage Association show that Swedish massage is the most popular form of this therapy in the US.
A number of studies into this type of massage have concluded that it has been used effectively to bring about relief for sufferers of multiple sclerosis, both acute and chronic spinal pain, neck pain, and many other painful conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, osteoarthritis, and postoperative pain. It also helps with recovery after heart surgery.
Benefit 3 - Improved blood flow
Many sportsmen and women use Swedish massage not only for pain relief but for improved blood circulation too. The better your flow of blood around your body, the more oxygen reached your muscles, improving your strength and endurance.
Many people do not know it, but there are two types of blood circulation in the human body. There is the standard circulation through your arteries etc. but there is also lymph flow circulation. If you suffer from poor circulation is can create swelling in parts of your body, tightness and tension. All of these things go towards increasing pain.
When you undergo a Swedish massage, it is the friction that the specially trained and skilled masseur or masseuse creates through his or her fingers and your skin, that brings about the healing stimulation. In more technical terms, massage improves circulation by employing three different techniques. These three techniques are Effleurage, Wringing, and Lymphatic drainage. You can find out more about Lymphatic drainage and how to perform it yourself from the healthline.com website.
Benefit 4 - A healthier immune system
We are all reasonably aware of the pain relief and relaxation benefits of Swedish massage, but the majority of us are not aware that it can also boost your immune system health. The fact of the matter is that many people who have a massage show a measurable change in their immune system and endocrine response.
According to Dr Mark Rapport of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center Swedish massage can bring about incremental changes in white blood cells (lymphocytes). These are an essential part of your body’s system for defending you from diseases and viruses.
It has also been shown that Swedish massage decreases Arginine Vasopressin. This is a hormone suspected of playing a part in aggressive behavior. In addition, this type of massage lessens the quantity of cortisol thereby helping to minimize and manage stress.
Finally, Swedish massage can improve the immune function if young people with HIV, as well as aiding immunity for women with early-stage breast cancer.
Benefit 5 - Mental fatigue relief
Another thing that recent research has uncovered is that Swedish massage can help to combat mental fatigue that is symptomized through depression and anxiety.
A survey undertaken by the E-Da Hospital and College of Medicine in Taiwan that encompassed 17 separate studies involving 786 people revealed that people suffering from depression exhibited a reduction in their symptoms. This also complimented the findings of the Kyushu University in Japan who reported that facial massage lessened the subject’s mental distress.