Swedish massage has a direct mechanical, as well as a reflexive, effect on the tissue of the muscles, nerves, vessels and organs of the body. The rhythmical pumping and long flowing strokes cleanse and empty fluids out of the tissues to allow new to enter. The friction type movements create more pliability to fibrous, adhered tissue and greater range of motion.
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• Primarily a circulatory massage
• Breaks down scar and adhesive tissue
• Sedates the nervous system
• Tonifies the tissue and organs
Indirectly, Swedish massage sends messages through the nervous system to stimulate hormones, release muscle guarding, sedate or tonify the tissue. Depending on the intention, technique and focus, Swedish Massage can effect the surface or deeper tissues. In Europe it is called Classic Massage.
Swedish Massage is the name of the most basic, well known and “classic” forms of massage in the US. The framework of this work including passive movements accompanied by stroking, pressing and kneading was laid by Peter Henrik Ling 1776-1839, the founder of the Royal Central Gymnastic Institute, in Sweden.