Swedish Body Massage
Why Should I Choose Swedish Body Massage?
What is Swedish Body Massage?
Massage is the manipulation of body tissues for therapeutic purposes. The word massage is thought to be derived from either the Arabic for ‘press softly’ or the Greek ‘to knead’. Swedish body massage involves the kneading, stretching, stroking and wringing of the body's muscles and tissues. In treating the body, the mind is also treated.
History of Swedish Body Massage
Massage has existed since around 3000 BC when the Chinese recognised its benefits. They found that applying pressure techniques was very effective on specific parts of the body.
Ancient Hindu books refer to massage as the Ayurveda (Art of Life) and this originates from around 1800 BC. This focuses on shampooing and rubbings and explains how these techniques can be used to relieve tiredness, increase energy levels and improve general health. They believed that ‘massage reduces fat, strengthens the muscle and firms the skin’.
Roman and Greek philosophers and physicians prescribed it for both its restorative powers after battle and for general preservation of the body and mind. Gladiators were massaged with oil to ensure that their muscles were supple and warm before battle began. The Romans also integrated it into a daily ritual for relaxation: after bathing they would be anointed with oils and massaged from head to toe.
A Greek doctor, Galen (130-200 AD), recommended massage for treatment of injury and illness and stated that massage strokes should be used in different directions depending on what result was required. It was around this time that massage was seen as being used for pleasure, rather than just for medicinal purposes.
A French doctor, Ambrose Pare (1517-90), graded massage into gentle, medium and vigorous. He used friction movements to help reduce swelling before treating dislocations of joints.
Swedish body massage emerged in Europe in the early 1800s. A Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839), travelled to China and returned with a detailed insight into their massage techniques. From this he developed his own system of massage, combining his knowledge of physiology, gymnastics, Chinese, Greek, Roman and Egyptian massage techniques. Many of the techniques he devised are used today, including effleurage, petrissage, vibrations, rotation, friction, rolling and slapping. This is modern Swedish Body Massage.
In 1813 the first college to offer Swedish body massage was established in Stockholm and it later spread across Europe.
In 1894 the Society of Trained Masseuses was formed and it worked hard to raise standards and promote massage as a professional occupation. In 1899 Sir William Bennett opened a massage department in St. George’s Hospital, London, establishing massage as an accepted form of treatment in the medical profession. Massage was used to treat people during both world wars and since the 1960s and the rise of the human growth movement, which believed that people didn’t have to be ‘sick’ to benefit from massage, there has been a continuous demand.
Benefits of Swedish Body Massage
- Relaxes you and induces sleep
- Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
- Improves function and appearance of skin
- Helps to break down fatty tissue and cellulite
- Relaxes tight muscles and improves the function and tone
- Maintains/ increases mobility of bones, as well as increasing circulation and nourishment of bones
- Improves posture
- Relieves stiff joints
- Improves digestion, constipation and flatulence
- Encourages deeper and more relaxed breathing
- Helps to reduce stress
- Provides a sense of well being
Experience pure indulgence and remove yourself from the stress and strains of every day life. Enjoy an hour’s treatment, first enjoyed by the ancient Orientals, whether your desire is stress relief, stimulation or overall relaxation. This treatment will manipulate the tissues on your back, shoulders, neck, legs, arms, stomach and upper body, allowing you to float on air.