The basic objective of a massage is to oxygenate the muscles to give the patient relief from pain through movements such as kneading, pounding, hacking, and stroking that help blood to flow to all organs and tissues.
A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the patient’s needs. In the West, Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage. A regular Swedish massage is a safe bet for anyone trying out this form of therapy. Adeep tissue massage is for those who want a deeper therapy and can tolerate more pressure, even occasional pain, to get relief from muscle pain. The therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes that warm up the muscle tissue. The warming up releases tension and gradually breaks up muscle knots or adhered tissues.
Based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, a Swedish massage generally takes a little less than an hour to perform. Some extra time is recommended to work the muscle tissue and achieve better results. Massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine.