The term refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax the body muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This is a holistic treatment which addresses the whole person's psychological, physical and emotional well being.
The main purpose of this massage procedure is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. This massage process shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. It also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular programme for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.
Everyone can benefit from a therapeutic massage treatment, as a preventative measure to maintain good health or to help with a specific problem. As with regular exercise, massage benefits all of the various systems in the body, not just one, promoting physical as well as mental well being in a variety of ways.
Overall, this massage procedure feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation, while promoting health and well being. For more information go to, Swedish Massage Techniques.