Swedish Massage Widnes
Swedish massage is one of the most common and best-known massages in the western world. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on the top layers of muscle. It is also often combined with movement of the joints.
What is a Swedish massage?
A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle or deep and vigorous, depending on the personal style of your therapist as well as your preference. However, Swedish massage is all about relaxation and releasing tension. Our Swedish massages in Widnes comprise of various Swedish massage techniques such as:
Effleurage – A technique that involves rubbing the muscles with long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It releases muscle tension and gradually breaks up knots in the muscle.
Petrissage – A rolling or kneading technique that usually follows Effleurage.
Friction – Deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue.
Tapotement – A short, alternating tap, done with cupped hands, fingers or the edge of the hand.
What are the health benefits of a Swedish massage?
While our Swedish massages in Widnes do promote relaxation, they also come with a variety of other health benefits. Swedish massage is particularly beneficial in increasing the level of Oxygen in the blood; decreasing muscle toxins; and improving circulation and flexibility.
If you choose to have a vigorous, deep tissue massage, this can also help to treat injuries; remove blocked and damage cells; speed up recovery and healing; as well help to release endorphins that act as the body’s natural painkiller.