So, you want to book a massage. Awesome! But in case you hadn’t noticed, the world of therapeutic massage is a vast and varied one. It can be tricky narrowing down the most suitable treatment for you, but Swedish massage is almost always the perfect place to start.
An entry level treatment, with a whole host of benefits, the primary goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. And with that, comes relaxation of the mind - it’s an added bonus, really. Think of it as a physical treatment with incidental psychological benefits.
Focusing on long, gliding strokes, as well as specific kneading, and tapping techniques using palms, knuckles and fingers, Swedish massage can help to relieve aches and pains, reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow and circulation, and reduce stress and anxiety.
Remember, though, Swedish massage is primarily concerned with relaxation. If you’re after a more intense massage, which focuses on targeted relief from specific injury and pain, a sport or deep tissue massage may be more up your alley.
In addition to those mentioned above, Swedish massage provides benefits reaching far beyond those of the 20-minute rush job you might pay $5 for at your local shopping centre - benefits which have been researched and well-documented.
A study conducted by the US National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (2010) found that individuals who were given a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced a notable decrease in levels of the hormone arginine-vasopressin, which plays an integral role in the regulation of blood pressure and water retention. After just one session!
If this sounds like the kind of treatment you’d be interested in, check out our directory of Gold Coast-based Swedish massage therapists on Bookwell, and secure your ticket to ultimate relaxation today.