Swedish massage is the type of massage that we think of when we imagine a luxurious, pampering massage. The soothing, flowing movements, coupled with relaxing music, allow us to switch our minds off for a while and decompress. This type of time-out is important in our stressful, busy lives.
A firm Swedish massage will help force the waste products of normal metabolic processes into lymphatic vessels where it is then transported elsewhere in the body to be synthesized into a new product or broken down and excreted. A Swedish massage will have a sedative affect on your muscles causing them to relax and elongate. Kneading can stretch muscle tissue and stimulate blood flow to the muscles. This too helps with the removal of waste product. The increased blood flow also provides nourishment to the muscle cells.
Reflexology is a form of bodywork which applies gentle pressure to the nerve endings of the feet and hands. Research shows Reflexology can reduce pain and improve healing, blood flow, nerve impulses, relaxation, and complement medical care.
Around the world and throughout history, reflexology has been rediscovered time and time again. Archaeological evidence points to ancient reflexology medical practices in Egypt (2330 BC), China (2704 BC) and Japan (690 AD).