About Swedish Massage
Massage has been used for centuries as an instinctive way to relieve muscle tension and to relax the body and mind. Swedish Massage uses a variety of stroking, kneading, pressure and flowing movements over the body to treat and prevent a huge variety of complaints, or can simply be used for deep relaxation. The way that we feel can have a direct physical effect on our body, so by inducing relaxation and stress relief both the body and mind can benefit from a massage treatment.
Some of the benefits of body massage are that it promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. It can ease muscular tension, soreness and stiffness in the joints. It boosts the immune system and increases energy levels by invigorating the body’s natural systems. It has also been know to aid better sleep and reduce insomnia. Circulation and skin tone are improved and toxins can be eliminated from the body.
After-Care for Swedish Massage
- Try to rest and relax for the remainder of the day, if not, for a few hours at least.
- You may feel relaxed and sleepy after your treatment, take care if you are driving or working.
- Keep warm as massage and relaxation treatments can make you feel more sensitive to the cold.
- Drink plenty of water after your treatment to rehydrate your body, reduce fatigue and to help eliminate toxins from your body.
- Avoid alcohol and minimize tea and coffee, try to stick with water and/or herbal teas.
- Try to avoid eating a heavy meal, eat light for the rest of the day to allow your body to concentrate on the natural healing and encourage detoxification.
- Sometimes people experience some tenderness for 24 hours or so after a massage. If you do feel a little sore, do some light gentle stretches or take a warm bath with salts. And remember to tell your therapist about your experience so that it can be taken into consideration in your next session.