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What Is Swedish Massage and What Are Its Benefits


Swedish massage is the widely recognized and commonly used category of massage. The term Swedish massage is actually only recognized in English and Dutch-speaking countries and in Hungary. In all other countries, the style is referred to as classic massage.   In this article, we’ll be looking at the history and development of Swedish massage, what techniques are used as part of it, and what their benefits are. The Development of Swedish Massage The original development of Swedish massage is often credited to Pehr Henrik Ling, a pioneer of the teaching of physical education in Sweden. While Ling did found..

Tension Headaches and How Massage Therapy Can Help

Tension headaches

Tension headaches are the result of the muscles and fascia in the upper back become so tense that they transfer that tension into the connective tissue over the head and forehead, resulting in a headache.    The pain associated with a tension headache often occurs in the forehead, at the base of the skull, and around the eyebrows.  Sometimes you might also experience a sharp stabbing pain that comes from behind the eyes.  What Causes Tension Headaches? By far the most common cause of tension headaches is poor posture. Given that many of us work at a computer all day,..

What Equipment Do You Need as a Freelance Massage Therapist?

Freelance Massage Therapist

Working as a freelance massage therapist has a huge range of benefits. You can choose your own working hours, your own clients, and you have the flexibility and freedom to choose any place of work you want.   Before you get to work, however, there are certain items that you’ll need. In this article, we’ll be looking at what equipment you need to set yourself up as a freelance massage therapist. A Massage Bed The first, and most obvious, piece of equipment you’ll need as a freelance massage therapist is a massage bed. There are a huge number of options..

Pediatric Massage: Is it Effective?

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One of the areas of massage that does not get as much attention as it deserves is pediatric, or children’s, massage. In today’s article, we’ll be looking at the benefits of pediatric massage and why it isn’t as widely used as massage therapy in adults. What Are the Benefits of Massage Therapy for Children? As a general rule, children derive the same benefits from massage therapy as adults, including:    Reduced tension in growing muscles Reduced pain Increased flexibility Maintainance of healthy muscles Improved mood Reduced fatigue   However, there is an added benefit to massage therapy for growing children..

What Is Rheumatology and How Does it Interact With Massage Therapy?

rheumatology medicine

Rheumatology, is a branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases, an area of healthcare often associated with massage therapy.    This is because of message therapy’s proven ability to help alleviate the symptoms of common rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. In this article, we’ll be looking at exactly what rheumatology is, what healthcare disorders it covers, and how it interacts with massage therapy.   What Is Rheumatology?   The word rheumatology comes from the Greek word rheûma, which translates to flowing current. Those who have formal training in rheumatology, knowns as rheumatologists, deal mainly..