Swedish Massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology, is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage therapy and its many health benefits.Contemporary massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700′s and the development of this modality. Today, Registered Massage Therapistsuse their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.
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 applying oil or lotion to the skin and using long gliding strokes to decrease tension in the soft tissues of the body. This technique is also beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, enhancing circulation and improving the flexibility of muscles, ligaments and joints.