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If you are interested in promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension, then a Swedish massage is probably a suitable option for you. This is one of the most well-known types of massage treatment and utilises long, gliding strokes to relax the entire body and improve circulation of blood. Your massage therapist will work to your comfort levels, applying pressure with the hands and palms to areas of built-up muscle tension.
A study carried out by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that those who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also found that the volunteers had increased their number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, as well as an increase in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Swedish massage is great for those experiencing muscle tightness caused by regular daily activities, such as sitting at a desk or exercising. It is a recommended treatment for those with tension in their: