Swedish massage is the most commonly performed type of massage. 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 also goes beyond relaxation and is very beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Swedish Massage V Sports Massage
Swedish massage focuses on improving circulation of blood and lymph and relaxing superficial muscles. Deep tissue massage focuses on connective tissue, and the goal is to produce changes in movement and posture.
Swedish massage increases the circulation of blood and lymph, which has the result of cleaning and nourishing soft tissues–the skin and muscle. It lengthens and relaxes the superficial muscles and is generally used for relaxation and pain relief. Sports Massage creates micro-tears in the fascia, which fill with elastin and collagen in about three days, creating muscles that are more flexible, supple and have greater range of motion. Sports Massage is best used for chronic pain that is muscular in origin, to improve posture and range of motion.