Swedish massage, developed by the Swede Per Heinrik Ling in the early 1800s, involves the application of oil to the body and the gentle administration of a series of strokes intended to induce relaxation, enhance circulation, and increase range of motion. By inducing the relaxation response, Swedish massage promotes recovery from stress and helps prevent the onset of illness and injury. By improving circulation, it can help reduce swelling from injury and enhance function of the lymphatic system, which controls the immune response. Swedish massage also breaks up adhesions from scar tissue to restore flexibility and range of motion. In addition, the gentle kneading flushes wastes, such as lactic acid, from tired muscles to relieve aches and pains.
There’s no denying the power of massage. Regardless of how we refer to it (pampering, rejuvenating) or the reasons we seek it (relaxation, stress relief), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare and beauty regimen. Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage, and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair. To book a 50-minute or 80-minute Swedish massage, please call our salon and spa.
HINT: Swedish massage can be used to relieve pain and discomfort associated with chronic muscle tension, stiff joints, sciatica, fractures, sprains, and overworked muscles.