Swedish Massage / Stress Reduction
While "Massage Therapy" dates back to China in 2700 BC & India 3000 BC, "Swedish massage" was invented by a Swedish fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling in the 1830s. As a Physiologist & gymnast, he used tapping (tapotement) to areas of the body when he got injured and found relief from pain soon after.
Your therapist will bring you into a private room and go over an intake form "questionnaire". Filling out this form will have cater the massage to your specific needs. The therapist leaves the room so you can undress to your level of comfort and get between the sheets on a massage table where a heating pad will begin to relax your muscles. You will be completely covered except for the areas your therapist is working on.
At the end of the session your therapist leaves the room so you can get dressed. You will want to get up off the table slowly & make sure you do not feel light headed before you get off the table. Some sessions flush the body and can make you feel "woozy" so you just need to be cautious (or aware).
You may feel sore that evening or the next day as your muscles may not be used to therapeutic manipulation. This could be a "good sore" like after a work out at the gym, but not a painful soreness. Some clients want to take a nap after their session as they feel so relaxed. Other clients are invigorated and feel energized!
It's always key to drink plenty of water before and after your session. Water has dozens of benefits, but staying hydrated is key.
Swedish Massage therapy has many helpful benefits:
- Alleviate sore muscles
- Aid in sleep
- Increase circulation and blood flow
- Calm the mind
- Reduce stress & anxiety
- Give an overall peaceful relaxation
You don't want to come in on a full belly, or after a large meal. Be clean. At least have showered that morning and proper hygiene.
Let your mind relax. Don't focus on all the things you need to do later, nor the problems of the day from earlier. Enjoy your massage by being in the moment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Swedish Massage hurt?
Swedish Massage should not hurt. At any point during the session if pressure feels uncomfortable or there is an area you did not realize is sensitive, speak up! Let your therapist know so they can reevaluate how to work that specific area or to avoid it all together.
Do I have to take off all my clothes?
No, you do not have to take off all of your clothes. Many clients keep their underwear on, and no private areas of the body will be worked on or exposed. A skilled therapist uses proper draping techniques to make you feel comfortable. The only areas of the body exposed are the ones being worked on, ie head and shoulders, arms, legs, feet, and back.
How often should I get a Swedish Massage?
Many clients get massages once a month. It depends on your goals. Some clients will do two 30-minute massages a week to get ahead of a chronic issue, and some will get an 80 minute massage every 6 weeks. Other clients say that their body tells them they are due for a session every 3 weeks.
What do the therapists use to massage me?
There are many different massage oils, lotions, gels, and creams to use in massage therapy. Some have analgesics like tea tree oil, aloe vera, or arnica extracts. Jojoba oil is often used with clients who have many allergies.