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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is focused on increasing circulation and removing tension from the body. According to one study a single session of Swedish Massage Therapy produces measurable changes in hormone levels and can have a positive influence on improving immunity. A relaxing massage sounds like a fabulous way to fight cold and flu season!

  • The History of Massage Therapy

    #1Massage Therapy has a long and rich history, even being referred to in “The Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine”, a Chinese medical book written around 1000 BC, and reportedly the oldest medical book in existence. Throughout the ages; in medical manuals and books, etched into carvings and taught through apprenticeship, we find references to massage being used to relieve discomfort and improve health.

    Swedish Massage emerged in Europe in the early 19th century, developed by Per Henrik Ling, a physician and fencing master. He combined Chinese gymnastics and medical techniques with sports medicine to increase flexibility, relieve muscle pain and promote health. Originally called “medical gymnastics”, and later known as “the Swedish Movement Cure”, these techniques found their way to North America as Swedish Massage in 1858.

  • The Method

    #2Swedish massage uses several techniques with a variety of direction, and pressure to relax the soft tissue and work through built up areas of tension. Rhythm is very important for deep relaxation and rejuvenation, so the purely Massage therapists bring intention to every treatment in an effort to ensure that a rhythm suitable to your needs is established. Using fingers, hands, and forearms, your therapist will use the right combination of Swedish massage techniques to help you on your way to a restoration of balance. Techniques like effleurage, from the French word “effleurer” meaning to glide or stroke. Or Petrissage, which originates from the French word “petrir” meaning to knead. Perhaps Vibration or Tapotemont are needed to revitalize the tissues. Often trigger points and adhesions are found, and your therapist will use cross fiber friction, circular friction and specific techniques addressing trigger points, in an effort to give you increased range of motion and relief from pain. Your therapist will assess your needs and seek out the proper treatment to achieve the results you are looking for. We encourage open communication so that we can find the rhythm that works best for your body. A soothing massage helps to calm the nervous system and reduces tension and anxiety in the body. This, in turn, can lead to an overall sense of well-being. It is our intention to be a part of your health and wellness program, and we believe that there are times when Swedish massage is exactly what your body and spirit need to help you achieve that.
  • The Effects of Massage Therapy

    #3There are many claims about the ability of massage therapy to reduce pain and discomfort resulting from either stress related illness or muscular injury. Some of these claims are supported by research, some are supported by anecdotal experience and some are exaggerated for the sake of marketing.

    Most people, having experienced a massage, from a trained therapist, agree that they just feel better afterwards. There are biochemical and neurological reasons why this is true! Effective massage therapy can reduce the perception of pain and increase a person’s sense of wellness. Studies have shown that massage can improve circulation, increase red blood cell count, and stimulate lymphatic activity. Muscle spasm and tension can be relieved by therapeutic massage, while improving muscle tone.

    While there is still much to learn about human neurology and its connection to physical health, it seems clear that mind, body and spirit are intricately woven together and in order to affect one, the other two must be taken into account. It is our intention to be a part of calming the mind and easing the spirit, by helping the body find balance.

How Often Should I Come for a Massage?

The answer to this common question depends a lot on your specific needs. If you are interested in using massage therapy as a part of your overall wellness program and only need maintenance treatments, then every 4 to 6 weeks may be frequent enough for you. If you are dealing with an ongoing condition of pain or discomfort, you may find more benefit from more frequent treatments, such as every 2-3 weeks. If you are recovering from a recent injury, you may need more frequent treatments to get back to a maintenance level. For our prenatal and postpartum clients, weekly treatments are often the best plan whether it is to reduce the discomfort often associated with the last few weeks of pregnancy, or to aid in restoring the body to its former balance, after childbirth. Feel free to discuss the appropriate program with your therapist. We will do our best to find a plan that works for you!

Did You Know?

A single red blood cell can transport about one billion molecules of oxygen around the human vascular system. Red blood cells typically circuit the entire body in under one minute, bringing oxygen to all our parts!

The powerful effect of reconnecting with our bodies, through therapeutic touch, is of great importance. In a society filled with ways to disconnect, massage therapy is a fantastic way to get back into our bodies, and take charge of our health and wellness.

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