One of the most common forms of massage is the Swedish massage, developed in 1812 by a Swedish physiologist named Henri Peter Ling. Ling’s goal was to create a relaxing form of massage that would increase circulation, ease tension, and improve flexibility.
Today when considering a type of massage to get, most default to the relaxing Swedish massage, which incorporates five individual techniques used together to create the maximum effect and benefit: long, smooth strokes; careful kneading of individual muscles; friction; hacking (tapping); and consistent vibration.
During the massage, our therapists in the Ottawa area (Kanata, Almonte, Carleton Place) place a sheet over you, removing it for each section of the body when that’s the area to be addressed. These massages are meant to be a quiet, relaxing experience with soft music in the background to help you relax and enjoy the experience.
Common reasons to consider a Swedish massage (other than just spoiling yourself) include:
1. Improve your circulation. The long, gentle strokes help to open circulation and increase blood flow to the extremities.
2. You are stressed. Swedish massage is intended for relaxation and comfort, and will help to relieve stressors that affect you on a daily basis.
3. You have sensetive skin. Swedish massage is very gently, and will not abrade the skin or the muscles. It is not intended to “work out” kinks and knots, but to soothe them.