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What is Massage?

The massage offered at Vital Health is Swedish massage.  This form of massage is a long-established therapy in its own right.  It can also be used very effectively as an adjunct to other manual therapies such as Chiropractic.

The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them.  This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden.  During massage, the movement of muscle and surrounding tissue is in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.  It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping and vibration.  It may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain and other health problems.

The main purpose of massage is to increase oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.  Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems.  Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes.  It increases circulation without increasing heart load.

The usual sequence in which Swedish massage strokes are conducted are: Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion and finally passive and active movements that involve bending and stretching.

If you would like to know more about conditions that might benefit from Massage or have any concerns about the technique used, please call Heidi Spindler at Vital Health and she will happily provide advice and guidance based on over 10 years of experience.