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BodyWorks Massage
1350 Sullivan Ave.
(at Sand Hill Rd.)

South Windsor, CT 06074
inside Physical Therapy Plus


BodyWorks is Closed, possibly until we have a vaccine.

Serving Vernon, Ellington, Manchester, South Windsor, CT as well as nearby communities

Stress Relief Massage (aka Swedish Massage)

This section discusses the history of Swedish massage and will answer some frequently-asked questions:

  • Why is it Swedish Massage?
  • What is Swedish Massage?
  • Benefits of Massage

Why is it Swedish Massage?

The first known documentation of massage was in 2700 B.C. by the Chinese. The first detailed records of massage, preserved in the British Museum, date back to the year 300 B.C. and contain a description of movements that are close to those practiced today.

However, the massage that we recognize today is known as Swedish Massage, in that the sequence that the manipulations are applied were first developed by Per Henrik Ling of Sweden. The Ling System or The Swedish Movement Treatment is the massage protocol that became popular and spread throughout the world. The first institution for the scientific study and application of massage (the Royal Gymnastic Central Institute) was established in Stockholm, Sweden 1813.

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is the application of different strokes to the muscles of the body. Your massage therapist will use their hands, forearms, and sometimes elbows to apply pressure to your arms, legs, and back. A traditional massage will address your head, neck, upper chest, arms, legs, hips, and back. Some massage therapists will also offer an abdomen massage.

Benefits of Massage

  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Improves immune system function
  • Relieves tension headaches
  • Reduces effects of stress and anxiety

For the active person or athlete massage also:

  • Relieves tired and sore muscles
  • Helps improve flexibility
  • Relaxes tight muscles
  • Speeds recovery from strenuous activity

Massage is also helpful for cancer patients and survivors:

  • Some new studies are showing that cancer patients report reduced pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression when they received massage during treatment. These effects only lasted 24 to 48 hours, but that alone can be relieving.
  • For survivors of breast cancer who have had reconstruction or implants, scar tissue can prove to be a problem. Scar tissue can often become so tight that it moves or alters the position of an implant. By receiving massage, clients may experience less tightness and their implants may return to the original position.