What Is A Swedish Massage? 
The Swedish Message, otherwise known as the Classic Massage, was developed in Sweden around 200 years ago. The form incorporates long strokes and friction movements to increase blood flow and improve circulation. The process is also renowned for relieving tension and promoting relaxation. We’re proud to bring this traditional technique to our Colchester clients. 
A Swedish Massage works all the muscles in the body and helps restore vitality to the spirit. The balancing and calming effect on the nervous system relaxes the mind and alleviates anxiety and stress. It is the most common form of massage out there and with good reason. 
The techniques incorporated include stroking, kneading, rubbing, tapping and vibration as well as a few others. A Swedish Massage will begin with light compressions to warm the muscles up and will then move into these techniques. The process is renowned worldwide for its healing properties and relaxation potential. 
Here at The Mind Body and Soul our talented and experienced therapists have been offering clients across Colchester the Swedish Message, leaving them reinvigorated and refreshed at the end of every session. 

 How Does A Swedish Massage work? 

A Swedish Massage utilises the power of nerve stimulation to provide the entire body with a sense of relaxation and relieve tension. By using soft strokes on delicate parts of the body, and strong strokes on areas where the muscle is thick, the process activates the nerves accordingly. It provides a sensation of ultimate relief and relaxation. 
The Swedish Massage is perfect for Colchester clients who are new to massage treatments or have low pain tolerance. The process is welcoming to all and can be tailored to how you want it to go. As relaxation is the goal, the Swedish Massage is versatile and bespoke to the client’s tastes. 
The room is filled with relaxing smells and comforting sounds to ensure a fully immersive relaxation experience. No matter how you feel when you enter the room, you can be assured that once you leave, all of the tensions, anxieties and stresses will not leave with you. 
Sports therapists, scientists, and doctors have endorsed the Swedish Massage for its relaxing properties and healing potential. Less intense than a deep tissue massage or a hot stone massage, the Swedish massage is a perfect entry point for clients new to the process or those who want to experience tried and true methods. 
What does Swedish Massage treat? 
The Swedish Massage is an all-encompassing treatment and has been in use for centuries globally for all sorts of ailments and issues. Most commonly, it is used to target muscle tension, particularly for those who have busy lifestyles and struggle to find time for themselves. The Swedish Massage also helps with muscle soreness and can be used as a way to recover from exercise or relieve pain. 
Swedish Massage is also renowned for its potential to help with anxiety and depression. The process activates the nerves, which release endorphins into the brain. These endorphins are mood elevators, allowing the mind to enter into a state of relaxation and contentment. A study conducted by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that a 45 minute Swedish Massage significantly decreases the stress hormone cortisol levels. As a result, the Swedish Massage both increases positive hormones and decreases negative ones, allowing you to leave the session feeling renewed and refreshed. 
What To Expect At Your Swedish Massage? 
Initial Consultation 
When you arrive at our Colchester Clinic, your therapist will conduct a postural analysis. The aim of this is to identify which muscles require treatment, and where the session will focus. 
Once this is completed, the therapist will discuss your goals for your Swedish Massage and how best to achieve this with you. Our experienced and knowledgeable masseurs are well informed of the various techniques and their applications. They will be able to identify what is going to work best for you. 
As this message releases toxins from your muscles, we strongly recommend that you are properly hydrated before the session starts. Proper hydration levels help with the flushing of toxins from the system, making it easier for your body to dispel them quickly and efficiently. 
As with all physical treatments, it is important to consult your doctor to ensure that the Swedish Massage is right for you. It is the least intense treatment as massages go, however it is important that you are made aware if the process will be adverse to your well-being. 
During Your Treatment 
Once you are ready for your Swedish Massage, the therapist will leave the room so you can undress and situate yourself on the table. 
The therapist will then return to the room and warm your muscles up with light compressions. Once warmed, your therapist will begin incorporating the Swedish Massage techniques of long strokes, kneading and friction to work out the tensions in your muscles. 
The session will last between 30 minutes and one hour. Once the session is over, your therapist will leave the room so you can dress. 
After Your Treatment 
After your Swedish Massage, your therapist will discuss further treatments with you, should they be necessary, and develop a self-care plan. 
After the session, it is important to avoid caffeine, alcohol or other dehydrating substances for at least 24 hours as your body detoxifies. We also recommend keeping hydration levels up by drinking plenty of water. 
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