Those who have never received a massage often think of it as an awkward experience. After all you’ve got on (almost) no clothes, the lights are dimmed and a stranger is touching you. But truth be told, it’s actually deeply relaxing, which makes the weirdness of the situation quickly dissolve. If you’re not convinced, consider getting a Swedish massage, which is one of the simplest modalities there is.
What is Swedish Massage?
Before we get into why Swedish massage is perfect for newcomers, Elements of Rockville Centre will briefly define it.
Considered the “traditional” modality of modern, Western massage, it typically consists of the following basic movements and strokes:
- Effleurage: long, sweeping strokes that are used during the beginning and end of a massage
- Petrissage: the kneading and rolling of muscles
- Friction: the application of deep pressure to a particular spot
- Tapotement: the rhythmic tapping of muscles
Why is it Good for Newcomers?
Despite all of the scientifically-proven benefits of massage, some people are still skeptical about its healing potential. Swedish massage is perfect for showing how purely relaxing massage therapy truly is.
It includes bodywork and only bodywork, no additional modalities. Yet, clients always emerge from the massage room feeling calm and rejuvenated.
Perfect Pressure Level
Swedish and deep tissue massage are similar modalities, yet, as its name suggests, deep tissue massage involves significantly more pressure. This often results in noticeable (yet healthy) soreness, which tends to be a turnoff for newcomers.
For less intense pressure, go with the Swedish. If it’s not enough, you can always ask your licensed massage therapist to adjust their pressure level and they’ll happily oblige.
No Slacking on the Benefits
Just because the Swedish technique is more basic than some others, doesn’t mean you miss out on the great benefits of massage. Like with other types of massages, you can still expect the following:
- Pain relief
- Increase blood circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Stronger immune system
Clearly, Elements of Rockville Centre recommends that first-timers receive a Swedish massage. If you like it, you can always try a new technique next time!