Holistic (Swedish) massage
Holistic (Swedish) massage is a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage. The five main techniques used in Holistic (Swedish) massage: euffleurage, petrissage, frictions, taptoment and vibrations.
What is Holistic (Swedish) massage good for?
The various Holistic (Swedish) massage techniques are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and makes you feel more relaxed.
Holistic massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Holistic (Swedish) massage is thought to be good for:
- easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
- improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
- helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
- reducing emotional and physical stress
For the treatment, you will be asked to remove all clothes, except the bottom underwear. A series of towels and professional draping techniques ensure you are appropriately covered. The oils and lotions used in massage can stain fabrics, so it is a good idea to opt for older under garments.
As with any specialist, any medical conditions need to be raised with a therapist before treatment. If you are a woman, in case you are or suspect being pregnant.
Big meals and alcohol are to be avoided before and after treatment. Instead, drink plenty of water.
What to expect from a Holistic (Swedish) massage?
Your massage will be 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the agreed focus of the treatment. You will undress and lie down on the massage table, which is usually padded for extra comfort, where you may cover yourself with towels. At no point during the treatment you become completely exposed; one little bit of you at a time is uncovered for the particular area to be treated.
Your skin is assessed at the start of your treatment and a choice of essential oils or wax is available. Grapeseed oil is used as the hypoallergenic medium. The oil or was is massaged into the skin through a series of strokes and techniques specific to the part of your body area. The treatment takes into account the delicate or tender areas of your body, so it should be comfortable and soothing.
Music can be played during massage, as it can help you to unwind. If you prefer not to have it, or indeed if you are unhappy with anything else in the treatment room, please do not hesitate to say so. Being content in your surroundings is important for relaxation and will help you sink happily into your massage.
The same goes for talking. An exchange between therapist and client can be limited or encouraged accordingly. How much you wish to communicate does not matter as long as you are comfortable, relaxed and receptive.
Afterwards, it is common to feel quite relaxed and maybe even sleepy, so allow yourself plenty of time to unwind. Savour the feeling of having every muscle in your body gently stretched and smoothed out.
It’s a good idea to spend 20 minutes in a hot bath after your Holistic (Swedish) Massage. It warms and relaxes your muscles preparing them nicely for an even deeper and more relaxing experience.
All massage can leave you feeling thirsty and needing to go to the toilet more than usual. This is because the massage stimulates your lymph circulation, flushing out toxins.