Swedish massage was brought to the United States by two Swedish brothers, Dr. Charles and Dr. George Taylor in the 1850s. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles. This is accomplished by specific techniques: effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration & tapotment. Sometimes passive or active joint movements are also used.
This helps to improve blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation, ability to sleep longer with a better quality of rest, decrease stress, muscle tension, improve range of motion, relieving symptoms from disorders such as asthma , arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome , chronic and acute pain syndromes, myofacial pain, headache , temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and athletic injuries. It can also help speed up the healing process from an injury while ridding the body of metabolic waste.
Unlike drug therapy, which is often associated with many systemic and long-term side effects, massage therapy is relatively safe and has very few contraindications.