What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is a relaxing type of therapeutic massage that is designed to release tension and relieve physical stress. It is a more gentle form of massage than alternative methods using long, flowing strokes to help the body relax.

Swedish Massage Techniques & Benefits

Want to know what Swedish Massage involves? Dating back to the 1800s, Swedish massage originated when a Dr. Per Henrik Ling developed a system of massage movements known as the Swedish Movement System. This system was designed to improve circulation, flexibility, and overall health. At Cairnhill Physiotherapy we utilise the long, flowing strokes, including effleurage (long, gliding strokes), petrissage (kneading and lifting), and friction (short, rapid strokes) to help increase blood flow to the muscles and other soft tissues. This increased blood flow can help to oxygenate the body, which can help to speed up the recovery process after an injury or illness.

Swedish massage can also help to reduce muscle tension. By using a variety of massage techniques, a therapist can help to release muscle tension and knots, which can help to alleviate pain and discomfort. Swedish massage also improves flexibility, as the long, flowing strokes can help to stretch and loosen tight muscles.

Book an appointment with one of our massage specialists to determine which is the appropriate form of massage for you and begin to enjoy the benefits of regular massage therapy for your mental and physical state. Learn to use relaxation as a treatment for your ongoing health and well-being. To learn more about how Cairnhill Physiotherapy can help you, get in touch with us today.


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