Holistic massage is an ancient method of healing that clears the lymphatic drainage system and releases toxins from the body. By recognizing that illness and stress affect not only our physical but also our emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being, holistic massage allows the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole.
Swedish massage incorporates several specific techniques that combine to give you a relaxing and beneficial experience. They include:
Long, sweeping strokes over a muscle that help to break up trigger points
Kneading the muscle to work deeper into the affected area
Rhythmically tapping an area with cupped hands to facilitate relaxation
Friction or rubbing a muscle group rapidly with the palms to stimulate warmth
Vibration or using the fingertips to quickly shake a muscle back and forth to loosen the area
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. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation.
Muscle body tension refers to the condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. Muscle tension is typically caused by the physiological effects of stress and can lead to episodes of back pain. When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress—the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once and then release their tension when the stress passes.