Swedish Full-Body Massage Characteristics:
What is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage was developed in the late 1700's my medical doctors. The term 'Swedish massage' refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by manipulating soft tissue to apply pressure against deeper muscles and bones, and massaging in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
There are many forms of full body Swedish massage. I have embraced a methodology called 'esalen'. Esalen massage is the re-establishment of the delicate means of interfacing between human beings, in a flowing style that is a marriage between Swedish massage, with its specific manner of working with muscles and the circulatory system, and the deeply personal, sensing attunement conveyed from Germany by Charlotte Selver.
Focus is placed along the Lamina Groove (along both sides of the spinal column). There, most nerve endings serve our bodies. I also work the hip and glutes as these areas serve a vital balance to the entire physical body. I also trace bones and muscles to remind the body that it is connected as a complete, vital entity rather than various individual parts.
You are gently urged to become an active participant through heightened awareness and surrendering to a deep, sensing place. Long, lengthening strokes with gentle rocking, stretching, passive joint movement, sculpting of musculature, delicate cranial balancing, subtle neural reeducation and the precision of Chinese point work (Reflexology) are all part of this somatic offering.
Personal attention takes precedence over technique; thus each massage session is unique for you.
Purpose of Swedish Massage
The main purpose of a full-body Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system while soothing the nerves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is recommended for one's regular stress management program.
I recommend scheduling a 90-minute full-body Swedish session. An hour-and-a-half provides sufficient time for me to adequately provide a variety of strokes and the number of repetitions per stroke that is needed for a suitable Swedish massage.