Swedish massage is one of the most common forms of massage. The signature long, flowing strokes relax the entire body and soothe the nervous system. Beyond simple relaxation, Swedish massage helps to relieve pain, reduce muscle tension, and release muscle “knots” and scar tissue. In addition, circulation is improved by focusing the long, flowing strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.
This type of massage also improves the flow of lymph, which helps your immune system, and aids in the removal of metabolic wastes. Regular massage triggers a relaxation response in the body, setting up the conditions for the body to heal itself. Along with the physical benefits, the mental health benefits of massage include reducing stress and improving sleep – with one hour of massage equal to three hours of restorative rest. It can also help to release emotional trauma and its effects on the body.
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