Sunday pampering – Swedish body massage

Swedish Massage

 

I’m not someone who indulges in a body massage very often; maybe twice at the maximum per year. This Sunday I decided to get a massage done as my upper back has been in a bad shape for the past few weeks. A friend suggested that the Swedish body massage is the best to relieve aches and pains.

What is Swedish body massage and why is this technique called Swedish massage?

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839)at the University of Stockholm.

In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage.

Duration – generally it’s for 75 to 90 minutes, this duration gives the therapist time to work on the muscle and achieve desired results.

What Happens During a Swedish massage?

In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.

Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

I would recommend this to anyone who has pains in a specific area. It did wonders for my upper back pain and tension in my neck.

I went to the O2 spa at Novatel in Hyderabad. I was given an amazing experience. I would recommend the O2 spa for an amazing experience. The therapists are highly skilled and make you feel very comfortable.

 

Reference: http://spas.about.com/od/swedishmassage/a/Swedish.htm

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