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There are almost as many types of massage available as there are benefits to the practice.
Each massage therapist performs Swedish massage in their own style which they deem effective.
I prefer the traditional method used and taught in Sweden which involves using firm to deep pressure not the American version found in spas' using light to medium pressure to create a sense of relaxation. It's for that very reason that makes this massage similar to a Sports massage.
Some people have physically demanding jobs that can cause muscle tension. Even if you are not stressed because of the job, using, pushing, and straining muscles can cause tension, which can have negative effects on your health. Through Swedish massage muscle tension is eased, providing you with overall physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
Another major benefit of Swedish massage is pain relief. As the muscles are relaxed and circulation increased, the body is put at ease, and pain is relieved. Not only can Swedish massage be used to ease pain as a result of an injury or muscle tension, but it can also be used to manage chronic pain that comes with a number of illnesses and conditions, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. By decreasing pain, Swedish massage can help clients relax, which can improve overall health and muscle recovery.
Relieving stress is one of the most popular reasons for people to seek massages. There have been many scientific studies done on the topic, which show that those who receive Swedish massage have lower stress levels and can handle stressful situations more effectively.
Stress relief and relaxation go hand-in-hand, and both are a commonly known benefit of all types of massage. However, while stress is one cause of tenseness, which can be eased through Swedish massage, there are other causes of tenseness that must be addressed, as well.
The movements used in Swedish massage are similar to the way the body circulates blood. Because of this, Swedish massage can promote healthy circulation, increase blood flow, and help the body remove metabolic waste more quickly and effectively. Better circulation improves overall health since increased circulation and blood flow means other organs can work more effectively.