​"Massage is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and optimizing health"  


circulation, range of motion, elasticity and flexibility, oxygen and nutrients delivery, waste removal and metabolism


Swelling/congestion, pain, blood pressure, adhesion/scar tissue, trigger points 


The mechanical aspect of massage works by accelerating the venous blood drainage. The therapist works the muscle fibres  longitudinally to  direct blood flow back towards the heart (centripetally). This increases oxygen in the blood which increases nutrients within the body. There is also an increase in lymph drainage which helps to remove toxins from the body. The therapist is able to passively exercise the soft tissue which in turn breaks down calcium deposits and stimulates its removal from the body.  

Another  way that massage works is through reflexive  therapy.  This means that by mobilizing  muscular and connective tissues  we stimulate mechano-receptors which will then release action potentials (impulses). These electrical impulses stimulate  motor and vasomotor  centers which cause the  body to respond  to the stimuli by displaying positive changes like reducing blood pressure, stress reduction, vasodilation, muscle tissue relaxation and much more. ​ 


The main goal of Swedish massage  is to  address the body as a whole. It is very beneficial  for increasing oxygen levels  in the blood, improving circulation and flexibility and reducing tension and muscle toxins.  Swedish Massage can also be used to stimulate muscles in the case of atrophied muscles, reduce adhesions (and knots) to increase range of motion and ease pain associated with trigger points.  Massage is very beneficial for reducing stiffness especially in cases such as arthritis  or  muscle  soreness associated with horses getting back into work after an injury.