Why get a regular Swedish massage?
I think it’s safe to say most of us like the idea of a massage. It has lots of appeal after all. Somebody soothes away the tension that you’ve been carrying around for far too long while you just lie there listening to relaxing music, completely detached from work and life. It’s probably something most people only consider when on holiday, or maybe as a one off birthday present. Therapeutic massage is a treat after all. Isn’t it?
We see lots of people going for regular massages but usually in a rehabilitative context. Athletes receiving sports massages, or people receiving treatments in conjunction with physiotherapy after an injury. Well, fair enough. These treatments are essential in those contexts. But a regular Swedish massage? Isn’t that a little extravagent?
I should take a moment to provide some definitions here. Sports and remedial massage target specific complaints associated with joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and administer deeper soft tissue massage techniques to facilitate healing and pain management. This type of massage can be very effective, though you may feel some discomfort as this therapy specifically targets problem areas and sources of chronic pain. Swedish massage puts greater emphasis on relaxation. It uses lighter pressure, sweeping strokes and shouldn’t be painful.
So it’s clear that a regular course of treatment may be necessary in the remedial context, but why receive a regular Swedish massage?
The short answer is because it’s good for you. There are a lot of health benefits associated with Swedish massage, particularly relating to management of stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also improve sleep and help relieve pain. Stress, poor sleep, and pain – three things that are endemic in modern life, and which far too many of us just seem to put up with or accept as normal. Stress can take a serious toll on your health though, as I’ll be discussing in an upcoming blog post. Incorporating a regular massage into your health routine could be a great way of tackling stress and introducing relaxation into your life.
Give it a try.