The medical community is gradually recognizing the health benefits of massage therapy. But since long before, the massage has been known to provide relief from stress and even from lingering injuries. It usually relaxes the mind and body, and provides the necessary breather for all the tensions and pressures in life. One of the most popular massage techniques is known as Swedish Massage.
As a little history, swedish massage was invented in the early 19th century by a Swedish physical therapist named Peter Henrik Ling. Almost entirely, the technique is based on Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, in contrast to the more spiritual massage techniques in the Eastern sphere. Being the most common and widespread technique, swedish massage is the foundational form from which other Western techniques are based such as deep tissue muscle massage and aromatherapy massage.
At Washington Street Wellness Center in Iowa City, IA, swedish massage is recognized in its rightful position as one of the primary technique options to provide therapeutic and healing benefits to patients. The Center’s resident massage therapist Melissa Dobbins has an extensive knowledge in aromatherapy, traditional massage (especially Ayurvedic), western massage techniques, and a passion for using natural products.
For this, Ms. Dobbins has recently developed a unique combination of Swedish massage techniques with hot/cold therapy, trigger point release, and relaxation. The therapeutic swedish massage Iowa combines oil or lotion (depending on patient preference) with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help improve the body circulation.
Furthermore, Washington Street Wellness has taken the popular massage to a new level, as swedish technique is incorporated with deep tissue massage, which latter technique typically aimed at easing tension in the deeper tissue layers in the body. The combination of techniques is highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries.
To schedule an appointment for massage services, or to request more information, please call our office today at (319) 466-0026. Alternatively, you may drop us a message via this email contact form.