If you haven’t booked yourself in for a massage for a while and you can feel your body in need of relaxation, you might be wondering what one to go for. Whether you are new to massage or returning after a prolonged hiatus due to lockdown, the classic Swedish massage is always a good choice to get into the swing of things. In this blog we’ll talk you through the technique and the benefits this type of massage can bring.
What to expect during your Swedish massage
Swedish massage is one of the most common massage techniques used in the UK. Your therapist will apply a massage oil or lotion then use softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation. It’s gentler than deep tissue massage and so is a great introduction to massage for the uninitiated.
The five main techniques used in Swedish massage are:
- Stroking and gliding
Prior to your massage, your therapist will talk you through any contra-indications and talk about any areas of concern. If you have any muscles that are particularly painful or feel tight, it’s always good to give your therapist a heads-up so they can apply the right pressure or work a bit longer on that area for you. Don’t forget that you can talk to your therapist about the level of pressure you want too – from light to firm we are always happy to help at SOS.
We’ve already mentioned it’s a great massage for relaxation. Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to also be good for:
- Easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
- Improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
- Helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
- Reducing emotional and physical stress
- Improving lymph flow
- Reducing the pain cycle.
This massage will help you leave the spa relaxed and rejuvenated. It should also help to aid a good night’s sleep!
This is why Swedish massage is such a big hit. The great news is that it offers a flexible treatment too with durations ranging from a 30-minute massage, right up to a full 120 minutes!
How to book
So if you want to find out more about Swedish massage, or would like to book a session, please phone 0207 371 5118, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book via the Book now button on the right hand side of our Swedish massage webpage.