The ideation of the Swedish Massage is generally credited to Pehr Henrik Ling: he was a theologian born in the South of Sweden in 1776: one of his ancestors was the noted scientist Olof Rudbeck, who discovered the human lymphatic system.
Driven by genuine curiosity and love of the knowledge, Ling left for a seven years long journey through Europe and Asia in 1800. It is believed that during his stay in China, he had the chance to learn Tuina - the Chinese traditional massage, the basics of Chinese traditional medicine, the T'ai chi ch'uan and the theories of body's meridians.
He had to return to Sweden because of health problems and here he kept practicing gymnastic exercises which helped him to recover. This made him consider the need to spread his experience and knowledge for the benefit of other people.
He started to study anatomy and medicine, he explored more and more bodywork techniques and was able to convince the Swedish Government to cooperate in the establishment of the first Royal Gymnastic Institute, where to train professional teachers.
Although Ling is generally credited as the father of the Swedish Massage , it was not among the techniques taught in the Royal Gymnastic Institute. In reality, we owe the Swedish Massage to a German orthopaedist and a Dutch physician who took up his legacy and created a series of body manipulations, defining benefits, contraindications and ethical norms.
The Swedish Massage is performed following a very strict sequence of manipulations:
A Swedish Massage treatment may have de-contracting, toning, draining and relaxing effects.
Although not confirmed by scientific studies, a great number of benefits are believed to be consequent of the Swedish Massage: it may be helpful in case of
It is very important to keep in mind that the Swedish Massage is not a curative treatment and the giver is not a healthcare worker. It has never to be confused with treatments given by health providers and it has never to be considered a substitute for traditional therapies.
The Swedish Massage is performed on the massage bed. Oil is used during the treatment. The receiver wears underpants/panties, women may wear a bra as well. The treatment usually lasts about 50 - 60 minutes.
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