One of the best massage techniques to start off with is the Swedish massage.This is considered one of the more tame massages. The muscles are gently stroked using various techniques like cupping, side chops and fingertip pressure. For the first massage, it is considered a good choice unless you have a real problem with knotted muscles.
Here is how it works. You will be asked to strip naked or down to your underwear and wrap up in a towel. The massage takes place on a massage table lying on your stomach with your head in an open-cushioned frame to avoid pressure on your eyes and cheeks.
The massage therapist will uncover each part of your body one at a time to perform the massage. If you are a modest person, at no time will your entire body be uncovered.
The point of the massage is to relieve tension in the body. For some reason, we carry a lot of tension in our necks and shoulders. Your massage therapist may start there and work their way down. It is important to relax while the massage is going on so that you can get maximum benefit.
If at any time something hurts or bothers you, let your massage therapist know. They can adjust the pressure with which they are kneading your muscles to avoid pain issues. Sometimes, they will have to go a bit more firm when the knot will not work itself out.
Massage oils or aromatherapy oils can be used to enhance the outcome of your massage. For instance, using a lavender essential oil can help you to sleep better and enjoy an overall positive wellbeing of your mind and body.
One benefit of the Swedish massage is tissue detoxification. We carry a lot of toxins in our bodies from the environment, the foods we eat and whatever else we ingest. Caffeine, for instance, speeds up the heart rate, acting as a stimulant to the body.
Through smooth strokes up and down, the toxins can be released from the muscles and cleared from the body through excretion. After a massage such as this, drinking plenty of water will rehydrate your body.
Some of the health benefits of Swedish massage include:
* Reduced tension in your life
* Improved circulation
* Pain management for nerve disorders like sciatica
* Relief from cramps and spasms