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Therapeutic Swedish Massage Therapy – Getting the Stress Out of Muscles and Life

By Nancy Smith

Swedish massage therapy is a massage form designed to promote absorption of oxygen to the muscles. It helps muscles recover from any number of problems. Some view it as an excellent way to get relaxed quickly. However, it has many other benefits that are not so well know. It increases blood flow to the muscles. This helps with the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide at the cellular level. It helps get rid of other toxins as well. Therapeutic massage therapy works to move the toxins out and bring beneficial oxygen to replace it. That helps repair muscles faster and keeps muscles stronger longer.

How does Swedish massage therapy differ from other forms of therapeutic massage therapy? For most people receiving massages in the United States, the Swedish version is likely one of the techniques experienced. It involves working in long strokes, kneading muscles and making circles to relieve muscle stress. It involves working the most external muscles and is usually gentle enough for anyone to enjoy. Other popular forms of massage therapy include shiatsu, deep tissue, and hot stone. Most therapists employ more than one therapy on their regular clients. This allows them to cater to their clients’ specific needs.

Swedish massage therapy helps with a variety of conditions. These include, but are not limited to, stress relief, muscle spasms, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, and rehabilitation after surgery. Therapeutic massage  therapy helps to induce relaxation and bring stress levels down. Studies have shown that it helps enhance the functionality of the immune system. It is great for those that suffer from arthritis or other inflammatory conditions. The lowering of stress may help reduce stress hormones such as cortisol. All of this demonstrates the wonderful benefits of massage on your health and wellbeing.

Don’t think that Swedish massage therapy involves a tall thin blond woman with a Nordic accent. You will find practitioners from every walk of life. In addition, the clientele that enjoy it is just as varied. Therapeutic massage therapy is an increasingly popular method for many people to relieve stress and pain. It provides relief without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. That makes it good for people of all ages and shapes. A few cannot enjoy it however. This includes those that get blood clots and those that are recovering from surgery. Pregnant women should seek their obstetrician’s advice before hand. There are therapists that have special training in pregnancy massage.

Nancy Smith is a licensed, certified Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, and MA Nurse
in Austin, Texas. Nancy is dedicated to to improving the quality of health and well
being of people through her holistic healing practices. For more information about Nancy,
her practice Inner Peace – Austin Massage Therapy and Hypnosis, services, location and how she can dramatically improve the quality of your life, come visit her web site at

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