Swedish massage is the form of massage that comes to mind whenever most people think of massage. In the UK it is often thought of as a luxury, as a treat for yourself or something to be experience briefly at a pampering event.
But the benefits of massage go far beyond inducing a state of relaxation. Similar to regular exercise, massage works on all the systems of the body promoting both physical and mental-wellbeing. The relaxing of tired muscles, the decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, encouraged detoxification due to increase stimulation of the lymphatic system and improved blood circulation - are all well-documented.
Alongside this it is common to feel a deeper sense of connectedness with your body as a caring safe touch helps clear the mind of daily worries as you escape during those massage moments. During this state - when your heart and breathing rate slow down, your blood pressure goes down, your cortisol levels drop and your muscles soften and relax - it has been found that serotonin levels increase. This basically is what wellbeing is based on.
When you arrive for your treatment for the first time you will be asked to fill out a form covering your medical history and your health. I also ask you questions regarding your lifestyle and level of activity. I will already have gauged from the telephone consultation whether a treatment with me is suitable, so your first session will be getting more detailed information, and also gives you the space to ask any questions you may have.