What it is?
Swedish massage is perhaps the most well-known massages in the western world. Despite the etiology of the name, Swedish massage does not have anything to do with Sweden. Also commonly called the classical massage, Swedish massage is known for its soft, long kneading strokes across your body to reduce physical stress and increase blood circulation.
There are some particular movements in a swedish massage that make it unique, such as its distinct tapping motion for muscular tone, and deep kneading strokes for deep tissue stimulation. But is Swedish massage the one for you? Let us find out.
Who is it for?
Due to its soft and relaxing motions, Swedish massage is great for everyone. Whether you’re suffering from physical stress, mental stress, or going through ongoing physical therapy, a Swedish massage will be beneficial for both your body and mind.
We all know the hassle of daily work life. We’re a nation that tends to sit at desks till our bodies ache, or work (study) till our minds go numb. A massage is both relaxing and energising at the same time and helps in restoring the body to its default state, free of all the undue effects of stress in our life.
The Swedish massage is considered one of the most non-invasive of physical therapy, with no exertion or side effects for those getting the massage, unlike some other types of intensive motion therapy like the deep tissue massage which is specifically designed for higher-stamina athletes.
It is also considered beneficial for people suffering from pain due to overwork, muscle strain, or an injury, and can provide relief after just one session. This is why it is preferable to a wide variety of people for various needs. So, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain!
What are the benefits of a Gay Swedish Massage?
Known for its multi-fold advantages, the Swedish massage provides the following benefits to people:
Overwork and stress lead to a fatigued body that may not feel energised or willing to perform at its best. Even if we want to achieve our goals, sometimes we just do not feel up to it. The Swedish Massage massage provides deep relaxation to the muscles, clearing out the knots and strains in favor of a more relaxed posture. This allows your body to be better prepared to perform its best and increases your productivity.
- Blood Circulation
Swedish massage can improve the blood circulation around your body, especially your muscles and spinal cord, which make you better aware of your body, leading to better self-care.
Increased circulation also helps in clearing out toxins and metabolic waste faster from your body, like draining your lymph nodes of accumulated waste that can lead to soreness.
- Alternative Medicine
If used complementary to ongoing treatments, such as after an injury, trauma, disability, or extensive bed rest, the Swedish massage improves the treatment response and aids quick recovery.
Targeted stimulation of sensitive areas, such as places of injury, can be dealt with extra caution and care if you let your therapist know of your needs, allowing better pain management and reduced strain.
- Pain and stress relief
Perhaps the two most complicated concepts of medicine are pain and stress management, which are very essential but also very difficult to achieve. Every individual has variable pain tolerance, and stress responses, hence medicinal treatment often may not work. A relaxing Swedish massage has proven to be very effective for both pain relief and stress relief.
So, whether you are feeling stressed out at the end of a hectic week, or need something to take the edge off the pain, a massage is a great option.
What to expect during your massage?
Here are some essential motions in a classical massage that you can expect:
- Effleurage: This is a soothing, steady, moving pressure that aids in stimulating nerve endings and to access the problem points
- Petrissage: This kneading motion pushes and pulls your muscles to loosen knots and strain
- Friction stroke: This is the circular deep motion that works especially for tension-prone areas like the shoulders and midback
- Tapotement: this rapid tapping motion, unique to Swedish massages, focuses on the goal of the massage and provides relief
A typical massage session can last around 60 to 90 minutes, to give your body plenty of time to relax and unwind. Whilst most normal Spa’s would ask that you keep your underwear on, with me at Gay Massage Manchester I’m happy for you to have your Swedish Massage completely naked (if you book the naturist service), allowing you to enjoy the full freedom of your body and its power.
Before any of my massages, your male to male massage therapist will ask you about your preferences, use the oils and lotions suited to your skin type, and ask you questions about any special needs or problems you might be facing. This is to ensure that your massage is customised to your personal body.
Your body needs to be comfortable for the massage to be beneficial, and so you will have the choice of selecting your environment. You can choose to have aromatherapy added to your massage, which is the addition of essential oils with relaxing fragrances. You can decide whether you want music or not; if you would prefer to talk or sleep, or even if you do not wish to be touched in a particular area.
At the end of the session, you will be able to feel the difference in your body and mind.
You might even feel sleepy and dizzy with cosiness! It can feel as though you are a little stoned (not that we would know what that feels like of course)!
Faced with everyday challenges and increasing stressors in the environment, our bodies get drained. And just as you need to recharge your phone, it is essential to rejuvenate your body.
A Gay Swedish Massage can work wonders for this purpose and allows you to relax physically and emotionally.