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Swedish Massage

What is Swedish Massage?


Swedish massage is the classic or typical western style massage. The techniques used are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you more relaxed.

Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. At Embody our Massage therapists have years of experience and can tailor their Swedish massage to suit you. It is important to let your therapists know if you have any delicate or sensitive areas so that they can adjust the pressure they use accordingly thereby ensuring the massage is always soothing and relaxing.

Benefits of Swedish Massage

Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage:

  • Improves Muscle tone
  • Improves oxygen flow in the circulation
  • Helps rid the muscle cells of toxins and improves lymphatic drainage
  • Helps induce a psychological 'feel good factor'
  • Stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable
  • Stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time
Reduces Stress so much that it is often used in stress management programs

What To Expect from a Swedish Massage?


You can book a Swedish massage from 30 minutes up to 120 minutes; the most popular being 60 minutes. After the therapist has given you a brief consultation you will be given time to undress privately and lie down on the massage table, where you may cover yourself with towels. All of our rooms are private, warm and relaxing so you should always feel comfortable.

Our therapists often play relaxing music during a Swedish massage, as it can help you to unwind. It is quite common for people to fall asleep as the magical spell of soft music and tension easing massage takes effect. You can literally feel the stress and tension being released from your muscles.

You don’t even have to worry about talking, our therapists understand that you are here to relax and spend some well deserved quality time on yourself. All you have to do lie on the comfortable massage table and enjoy your massage.

Techniques used in Swedish Massage

These include: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usual sequence of techniques are:

  • Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
  • Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  • Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  • Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
  • Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities.[7] The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.[8] In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partly unclothed. Parts of the body may be covered with towels or sheets. Those who practice massage as a career are referred to as a masseur (male) or masseuse (female).

Swedish Massage 1h - £60

 

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