Swedish Massage establishes itself as a popular choice for combating the high levels of stress of daily life, with its known primary benefits of releasing tension in muscles and triggering a positive change of hormones in the body’s chemistry. Its firm, long strokes decrease the stress hormone cortisol in the body, increase the “feel good” hormone of serotonin, and promote lymphatic flow and oxygenation of the blood.
Swedish Massage Techniques
The five main massage techniques of this “Classic Massage” dates back more than 150 years, a creation by Swedish doctor and physiotherapist Per Henrik Ling. Using the structured flow of movements, The Outcall Spa Signature Swedish Massage effectively relieves not only physical stress but also emotional stress and tension in the overall body.
Technique #1: Effleurage
Starting with the back and moving to the limbs, The Outcall Spa Masseuse will apply long, brush-like strokes to the body. This gliding technique using the palm of the hand or the fingertips varies the pressure, starting to loosen muscles that have gotten knotted up from stress and helping clients to relax. The sweeping movements are done towards the heart, draining metabolic waste from the limbs of the body.
Technique #2: Petrissage
Rather than using pressure-points, the Swedish Massage’s next technique is kneading and lifting the muscles, which focuses on enhancing the blood circulation to the muscles. Using the thumbs and fingers, the masseuse squeezes the muscles and prepares them for the next technique.
Technique #3: Friction
Using compression with rigorous circular movements, The Outcall Spa masseuse moves up and down the body. This technique using the palms or forearms creates friction in the fibers of the muscles and also warms up the muscles, spreading the tissues around and pushing harmful toxins from the muscles which cause aches or swelling.
Technique #4: Vibration
The muscles of the body are further loosened up through a vibrating, shaking movement of the muscles using fingertips or heels of the masseuse’s hands. This action helps the muscles to “wake up”, promoting flexibility and lymphatic flow.
Technique #5: Tapotement
With cupped hands and relaxed wrists, the therapist rhythmically taps the particular section of the body, loosening the muscles. This percussion-like tapping action energizes the muscles, allowing the client to feel much better at the end of the session.
Swedish Massage Benefits
The Outcall Spa Signature Swedish Massage has proven to have many health benefits in relation to the improved blood circulation, muscle relaxation, and increased flexibility.
Some additional Benefits are:
- Rejuvenation through release of “feel good” hormones
- Reduction in stress due to decrease of “stress” hormones
- Healthy healing of scar-tissue for injuries
- Pain Relief for both muscle pain as well as chronic aches
- Detoxification by flushing out toxins and lactic acid from muscles
- Physical and mental Relaxation, encouraging overall improved health
Combined with the excellent setting of a dimly lit room right in one’s own home, pleasant scents, and a comfortable massage bed, The Outcall Spa Signature Swedish Massage delivers a soothing and pampering experience for its clients in sessions lasting 90 minutes or 120 minutes.