Classical manual or Swedish massage

Massage is the oldest form of treatment, exists since there is a man. The word "massage" comes from the Latin word "massare" which means kneading or Arabic word "mas" which means pressing. The word "massage" was first used in French literature and was used by Lepage in 1813. The founder of modern massage, known today, is the Swedish gymnast Per Henrik Ling (born 1776) who practiced and taught a style of massage well known as Swedish massage.

The general action of classical manual massage brings a sense of relaxation and comfort and a calming effect. Massage eliminates fatigue much faster than passive rest and lying down. It was confirmed that a good, detailed massage refreshes the body like six hours of sleep.

The basic purpose of massage is to establish and maintain balance of body, mind and soul. There is no "homogeneity" in the quality massage, but every massage should be individual, created according to the difficulties or needs of a client. A well- created massage affects all body structures by acting directly on the muscular system, allowing improved muscle tone, reduced tension, stimulation of the blood and lymphatic system, joints become more flexible and relieved, and abdominal massage is beneficial for the work of small and large intestine, kidneys, liver and spleen.

Massage should not be a luxury, nor is it in its nature, as going to a massage should not be initiated by pain or problem alone. Massage should be an integral part of care and health preservation, enabling us to ease everyday life.

Contraindications for massage:

  • acute inflammatory processes
  • acute infections
  • open wounds
  • fresh fractures or fresh operations (about 8 to 10 weeks after surgery)
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • tumors; tumor metastasis
  • fresh heart attack and anticoagulant therapy
  • psoriasis
  • elevated temperature

Source: Gordana Grozdek "The Foundations of Medical Massage"

Texts were edited by Stanislava Štingl