The strokes and manipulations of Swedish Massage are
each conceived as having a specific therapeutic benefit.
One of the primary goals of Swedish Massage is to speed
the venous return of unoxygenated and toxic blood from the
extremities. Swedish massage 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 young. Swedish Massage
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
program for stress management. It also has many specific
clinical uses in medical or remedial therapy.
Therapeutic Massage is the process of applying various
manual (hand) techniques to the muscles, tendons, ligaments,
and a form of connective tissue called fascia. These techniques
include kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking,
friction, and the application of controlled pressure.
An increasing number of research studies show massage
reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood
circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range
of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment).
Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength,
it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially
compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting
from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a
more complete recovery from exercise or injury.
Research has verified that: Office workers massaged regularly
were more alert, performed better and were less stressed
than those who weren't massaged.
Massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension,
depression, pain, and itching in burn patients.
Stone massage involves the application of water-heated
basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body,
giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort
and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation
of a greater intensity than with regular massage.
Those experiencing a hot stone massage will notice a
healing improvement of the following symptoms:
- Muscular aches, pains, sprains, and strains
- Poor circulation
- Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
- Back pain
- Stress, anxiety and tension