Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage

What is Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage?

A Swedish Massage is It is one of the most commonly used massages in western civilization today and is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Aromatherapy Massage. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It is typically a head to toe massage and can be very relaxing, but it goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Both relaxing and invigorating,  the movements and firm pressure involved in Swedish massage affect all systems in the body, including soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments and also nerves and even glands. It is particularly effective for those suffering from osteoarthritis and other painful and debilitating joint conditions.

What are the benefits of a Swedish Massage?

 Massage has been clinically proven at reducing anxiety, improving pulmonary function, reducing asthma symptoms, reducing psycho-emotional stress, easing chronic inflammatory bowel disease, enhancing the immune system functioning, and improving motor development in premature infants.

It is also effective at speeding up recovery time from injuries and improving range of motion for all ligaments is effective at stress but treating the deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body. Having regular massage  treatments have been shown to reduce injuries, and maintain good health.

Conditions that can be addressed

  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Improves mobility
  • Speeds recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Effective against repetitive strain injury, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Aids with postural problems
  • Effective against osteoarthritis pain
  • Very effective at relieving Fibromyalgia pain
  • Relieves muscle tension or spasms

Extended Health Coverage:

The majority of extended health plans cover from 60-100% of the cost as long as the Swedish Massage is given by a Registered Massage Therapist not to be confused with a Massage Practitioner. Please check with your health provider to understand your personal plan. Patients are given a receipt of services with their RMT’s registration number for reimbursement from their plan provider.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/local/myhr/documents/benefits/benefits_guide.pdf