Since 2002 I have used traditional Swedish massage to promote relaxation and a sense of well-being, to relieve tension nodules (knots) from muscles and to help treat a wide range of muscular-skeletal problems.
Common problems that massage is used for:
• Back, neck and shoulder pain
• Tense, knotted muscles and stiff joints
• Muscle cramps and spasms
• Poor circulation
• Poor sleep quality
• Anxiety and stress
• Pre and post athletic workouts or events
Massage has been shown to boost immunity and raises the white blood cell count.
It improves circulation, increasing oxygenated blood flow to the skin and muscles. Painful tense muscles are left feeling more relaxed. The lymphatic system is stimulated which speeds the elimination of waste products, such as lactic acid, from the body.
It aids digestion by increasing the production of digestive juices and saliva. It can also help resolve constipation and increase urine output.
Endorphins are released from the brain which help to control pain and alleviate tension.
The feeling of being cared for leads to a general sense of well being.
Swedish massage can be defined as the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. The Swedish Movement Cure was developed by Per Henrik Ling in Stockholm in the early 1800s. It included massage as an adjunct to exercise. Later in the 19th century his approach to massage was brought to the US and Britain and is thus known as Swedish Massage in most English-speaking parts of the world or Classical Massage in some parts of Europe.