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February 2012
Swedish Massage for a Sweet-Sweet Experience!
Prarthna Tiga
 
The main aim of Swedish massage is to increase the flow of oxygen to the blood stream and release the toxins from the muscles.

Swedish massage employs a variety of techniques aimed to relax the muscles. A recent study by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine defines Swedish massage as a form of massage that involves long strokes, deep circular movements, kneading, vibration and tapping.

Couple Massage 
Couple massage is private and takes place in couple suites. Two people, whether friends, lovers or moms are massaged at the same time and in the same place by different therapists. Couple massage is great if you want to have fun, spend some time with someone special, interact and connect.

Techniques
Swedish massage is also known as a ‘classic massage’ and employs five long flowing strokes.
  • Effleurage: This technique involves gliding or sliding strokes, which are done with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
  • Petrissage: This is a kind of kneading movement done with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers.
  • Friction: This one involves circular pressures with the palms, thumbs and/or fingers.
  • Vibration: As per this technique oscillatory movements are done to shake up the body.
  • Tapotement: This technique involves rhythmic and brisk hacking or tapping.
Then there are some simple passive and active movement techniques that involve stretching and bending.

Biological Effects 
Research has concluded that a single session of Swedish massage can produce measurable biological effects that can have an effect on the overall immune system – significant decrease in hormones that regulate blood proteins and blood pressure levels. However, more research is needed to determine the specific pathways and mechanisms behind these changes.

Benefits
  • Feels good
  • Relaxes the muscles, nerves and glands
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Promotes health and well-being


    
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