After you have spent many tiresome hours in the office and when it seems that you are at your wits end, it seems that a relaxing massage would be a great solution. Swedish Best is exactly this type of massage – classic and relaxing.
Swedish Best massage was developed by the Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling in the 19th century as a special type of therapy for different types of muscle injuries. Because a Swedish doctor developed it, it was named Swedish massage. Over time it developed into several types that are all applicable today.
What makes Swedish massage most famous are the characteristic long gliding moves over muscles, but the best effect is achieved with the combination of mild touches, rubbing, pressure, spanking and shaking of body parts. The massage starts with soft strokes of treated muscle. Moves then become stronger and prepare the muscle for more intensive moves that will work it, along with other body parts, starting from the legs.
There are several basic moves in classic Swedish Best massage. Light effleurage fan-like moves circle over individual body parts covered in massage oil. Deeper moves are very similar to light ones, but the therapist has to use the entire fist to additionally press the body. These moves increase circulation and lymph system work. These moves are called petrissage moves and include rubbing and pressing with fingers and thumbs. They stretch muscle tissue and strengthen weakened muscles. Friction moves help expand muscle tissue and can remove scars present after injury or surgery. Hand titration includes vibrations of skin and surface tissue and is useful for muscle and ligament relaxation. Unlike these tender moves, a spanking technique is based on light slaps that has to be stronger than stroking but not aggressive because it could cause the opposite effect. Spanking moves stimulate tired muscles, the neural system and generally improve skin appearance and muscle tone.
Many consider the Swedish Best massage to be a painful one (which it can be), but if it is individually adapted, the patient’s pain can be avoided or very much minimised. This massage positively affects large muscle groups that are released of tension after several treatments, which will improve joint mobility, muscle circulation and thus normal functioning of certain body parts.
The patient experiences better relaxation after just a few treatments and as with all other massages, the Swedish Best will achieve a better effect when performed in a relaxing space augmented with carefully selected aromatherapy oil scents.
Swedish Best massage is very efficient when it comes to getting rid of pain, tissue relaxation, positive metabolism effects and stress alleviation.
This massage can be painful and isn’t always very pleasurable, but it will remove stress and help relax tensed and painful muscles.
Swedish Best massage stimulates the lymph system and helps the body to get rid of toxins, which will benefit the immune system. Toxin removal will shorten the recovery period after an intensive workout or other strain put on the body.
During the Swedish Best massage the body temperature increases several degrees and circulation will improve – not just in visible surface layers of the skin but also through impulses onto deeper subcutaneous tissue and muscles. Improved circulation ensures oxygen and nutritive matter can better penetrate the muscles while toxins can be more easily eliminated.
The patient’s neural system will also benefit from Swedish Best massage, which is a reason why it is so closely related to relaxation (despite the fact that it can be somewhat painful). Considering the fact that massage in general is recommended as a method to cope with stress, Swedish Best massage is the one that will ensure success in this department within just a few treatments. After the first treatment, patients report extreme relaxation and if treatments are regular, the patient will experience flexibility and ease of movement, as well as a healthy spirit and better form.