What is Swedish Massage Therapy?
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.
Swedish Massage Benefits
The Swedish Massage benefits include relaxing and melting away the tension and stress. Stress is known to cause many health conditions so managing it is an important part of your health care. Therapeutic and relaxing, a Swedish Massage is designed to energize the body through stimulating circulation, easing muscle tension and improving immunity. Swedish Massage reduces blood pressure and stress, increases blood flow and oxygen and flushes toxins from your body.
Sports massage therapy frequently includes
the use of one or more of the following techniques:
* Deep Swedish Massage - Muscle-specific applications of the standard effleurage, petrissage, vibration, and tapotement techniques.
* Compression Massage - Rhythmic compression into muscles used to create a deep hypremia and softening effect in the tissues. It is generally used as a warm-up for deeper, more specific massage work.
* Cross-Fiber Massage - Friction techniques applied in a general manner to create a stretching and broadening effect in large muscle groups; or on site-specific muscle and connective tissue, deep transverse friction applied to reduce adhesions and to help create strong, flexible repair during the healing process.
* Trigger Point/Tender Point Massage - Combined positioning and specific finger or thumb pressure into trigger/tender points in muscle and connective tissue, to reduce the hypersensitivity, muscle spasms and referred pain patterns that characterize the point. Left untreated, such trigger/tender points often lead to restricted and painful movement of entire body regions.
* Lymphatic Massage - Stimulation of specialized lymphatic-drainage pathways, which improves the body¹s removal of edemas and effusion.
The Benefits of Sports Massage
Regular sports massage can:
* reduce the chance of injury, through proper stretching and event preparation, and through deep tissue massage;
* improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance;
* shorten recovery time between workouts;
* maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow;
* enhance elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise.
What is Deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the strokes are the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
But, remember it is important to tell the massage therapist when it’s too deep or that makes you discomfort if it is outside your comfort range.
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Chronic pain, Lower back pain, Limited mobility, Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury), Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Postural problems, Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back, Sciatica, Piriformis syndrome, Tennis elbow, Muscle tension or spasm, After a workout or bodybuilding.