Classic Massage [SWEDISH MASSAGE]
The term "classic" is used to distinguish between the more
conventional massaging techniques and unconventional new
ones that were developed in the last decades.
The classic massage is based on the so-called "Swedish
developed by the Swede Peter Henry. Ling (1776-1836).
He worked at the Central Institute for Gymnastics in Stockholm,
which was founded in 1813.
The classic massage includes stroking, rubbing,
kneading,vibrating and pummelling. Depending on which effect
your looking for, different stroking techniques can stimulate
blood circulation or ease pain.
Effects: The strong stroking, kneading and rubbing can soften
even the larger muscle groups, improving their blood
circulation and stimulating the metabolism.
The increased tissue fluid washes away dead-cell material
from the tissue - this way the massage functions like a
living-cell therapy for the skin and muscles.
|The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow
in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate
parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle
coverage. This sensitivity to pressure makes it ideal for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good
* easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
* improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
* helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
* stimulating the nervous system
* reducing emotional and physical stress.
Swedish massage is done with the person covered by a sheet, where
each part of the body to be worked on is exposed in turn and then
The massage practitioners use kneading, stroking, friction, tapping and
even shaking motions.
Oil is used to reduce or eliminate friction and to facilitate making long,
smooth, kneading stokes over the tissue and muscles of the body.