Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling drew inspiration from both eastern and western massage traditions in the 1800s to develop a new system of massage to speed recovery from muscular strain and other ailments. The emphasis is on immediate physical benefits.
This technique uses long smooth strokes, kneading, friction and tapotement. These movements are effective on tensed and aching muscles and improve the circulation of blood and lymph. Swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid in the tissues is reduced. The technique also stretches tendons and ligaments and so improves joint mobility. In addition, the use of massage oils nourishes the skin and improves its tone.
Benefits of Swedish Massage:
- eases muscle tension and spasms
- improves circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids
- reduces swelling due to accumulation of fluid in tissues
- stretches tendons and ligaments
- improves joints mobility
- nourishes the skin and improves skin tone