Swedish massage is the most-well known technique of massage therapy. It is known for its flexibility when it comes to pressure and speed and is widely recognized for promoting relaxation as one of the key benefits.

The common strokes in a Swedish massage include the use of the fingers, knuckles, and palms to create a circular pressure that relieves superficial tension. You may also experience kneading, tapping, and stretching. Through all of these strokes, you should communicate with your massage therapist to let them know what is working and what isn't. This way your massage therapist can adjust their techniques to best accommodate your needs.

Is Swedish Massage Right For You?

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Swedish massage is a good option for those who are new to massage therapy. With a lighter pressure than a deep tissue massage, this technique lets the therapist explore the needs of your body without causing you any pain or discomfort. As you become more comfortable with your massage therapist and their techniques, other modalities, such as deep tissue massage or neuromuscular therapy, will be outstanding complementary aides to your treatment plan.

Sarah, our downtown Denver massage therapist, likes to begin with Swedish massage techniques in her sessions to warm up the muscles and evaluate the body's needs at that time. This helps her identify underlying causes to your pain and prepare your muscles for other techniques that will help in your pain relief.

How Often Should You Get A Massage?

This is a question we get a lot. Every person's lifestyle and needs are different. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, we recommend a massage every 1 to 2 weeks at our downtown Denver office. When you have this kind of regular timeline, Sarah can develop an effective massage therapy plan for you and stay in tune with the needs of your body. Additionally, the time gap of 1 to 2 weeks allows your body a time buffer to recover from the lactic acid that is released during a massage therapy session, without giving your muscles enough time to revert back to old patterns that were causing you pain.

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Once you begin to feel better and your pain has dissipated, a monthly massage is a great maintenance option to keep your stress levels low and your overall health strong.

Massage Therapy As Self Care

Your physical health is important – when you have a runny nose you go to your primary care doctor, when you have a toothache you see your dentist. So, when you have body aches or pains, your body is letting you know that something is out of equilibrium.

Incorporating regular massage therapy into your wellness routine can have exponential benefits for your health. Massage therapy is recognized for helping the following when combined with routine medical care:

  • Relieving anxiety

  • Regulating digestive disorders

  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders

  • Headaches or migraines

  • Stress related insomnia

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Injuries from sports or accidents

  • Joint pain

  • Lowering blood pressure

Book your Swedish massage in downtown Denver today and start experiencing the benefits of regular massage therapy.