Swedish Massage Therapy

Massage therapySwedish massage therapy is the best-known type of massage. It is the foundation of other massage techniques such as: Sports massage, deep tissue massage, and stress relief massage.

Swedish massage uses a variety of massage therapy techniques during the massage. These include; long gliding strokes, rocking, friction, lifting, kneading, percussion, mobilization, vibration, and stretching. Most massage therapists combine a variety of different forms of therapeutic massage during their massage sessions.

These techniques stretch and loosen tissues and muscles, aid with the motion of joints, and increase the function and range of motion (ROM) to reduce muscle tension.

Massage can be used in the acute and chronic stages of treatment, and can help with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle sprain, strain, spasm
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis (such as golfers elbow/tennis elbow)
  • Arthritis, bursitis
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Whiplash
  • Stress and stress-related conditions

This type of massage is ideal for relaxing tense muscles, alleviating stress and tension, relieving pain and improving sleep.

When your massage session is finished, your massage therapist may share some gentle exercises to increase flexibility, pressing on trigger points or using ice/heat to alleviate any discomfort.

Most people book a 60-minute Swedish massage, which gives the therapist time to work on specific muscles and get you the results you’re looking for.

Swedish massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a massage therapist as part of their employee health benefit plan. Please consult your policy.

Only members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are allowed to use the designation Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapists (RMT).

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