Swedish Massage (also called Classic Massage) is a form of massage which uses five different types of strokes. These range from light tapping to deep kneading. Research has shown that it is effective for a wide range of musculo-skeletal problems in terms of reducing pain, reducing joint stiffness and improving function.
Having a massage is also a deeply relaxing and enjoyable experience.
You will feel pleasantly relaxed and rejuvenated. Lots of people have regular massage sessions as a treat or “just because”.
But, massage does so much more than relax you. With regular sessions, I find that people with recurring physical problems have reduced pain and with reduced frequency.
Massage improves the lymphatic system.
Massage not only soothes and eases tired muscles, but also facilitates the exchange of body fluids between the soft tissues and the blood and lymphatic systems. This brings fresh oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissues and improves the removal of waste products. These actions help to speed up the healing process. I also often incorporate gentle stretches to help re-align joints which have become displaced through habitual actions or trauma.
Massage flushes out toxins from the body.
Massage is a very safe form of therapy, but you should remember that massage will also push waste products from injured muscles into the blood. This can sometimes make you feel slightly groggy, but the feeling will be minimized by remembering to drink plenty of water after a massage. This will help to flush out and dilute any waste products which may have been released into your bloodstream.
What you should expect during a treatment.
When you come for a massage you should wear loose-fitting clothing and be prepared to remove some items of clothing to enable me to massage you. I generally use almond oil as a massage medium, but if this is unsuitable for you, I do have other oils on hand as an alternative.
I have been practising massage since 1995.
Over the years I have treated many hundreds of people and honed my skills. When I first moved to Canada, I considered becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), but after investigating the process I found out that the Registrar does not recognise qualifications from outside of Canada and therefore I would have to attend full-time school for a year to become registered. This was just not feasible. Unfortunately, it does mean that you can’t claim for my massage on your extended health coverage, unless I also do some acupuncture at the same time.
If you need more information, or want to know if I can help you, please call or email me in confidence.