Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage? Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.
It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body.
It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether.
Swedish massage is one of the most popular styles of therapeutic massage in the West.
Based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology - as opposed to energy on "meridiens" or sen lines in Asian massage systems - Swedish massage uses a series of long strokes, muscle kneading and rhythmic tapping to relax muscles.
Swedish massage is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy stress relief. It is also the best technique to try if you haven't experienced massage before.
However, if you're looking to treat sports or other physical ailments, it may prove too gentle. Remedial Massage may be more suitable.