Swedish massage is recognised as the first systematic method of modern massage in the Western world and remains one of the most popular massage for clients who never had a massage before.
The Swedish massage uses a medium of vegetable oil, cream and sometimes talc and includes long strokes or effleurage, kneading, friction, vibrations and stimulating movements using the hands, palms, thumbs and fingertips. Movements are generally applied in the direction of the heart and the main purpose is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. By increasing blood flow the muscles are warmed and relaxed and the recovery time from muscular strain is shortened by the flushing out of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes from tissues in the body.
There is also a reduction in both emotional and physical stress – Swedish massage is both relaxing and invigorating, affecting the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation, while promoting health and well-being.