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Swedish massage

   The most common form of bodywork in Western countries. Its originator, Peter Hendrik (Per Henrick) Ling (1776-1839), of Sweden, was a fencing master, physiologist, and poet. His method was called the "Ling system" or the "Swedish movement treatment." Dr. S.W. Mitchell introduced Swedish massage in the United States. It is based on scientific anatomy and often vigorous. The purported aim of Swedish massage is to improve circulation of blood and lymph.

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Bodywork
Any of a number of therapeutic or simply relaxing practices that involve the manipulation, massage, or regimented movement of body parts. Examples include massage, craniosacral therapy, and Pilates. Bodywork may be used as an adjunct to medical treatment, or it may be prescribed as a form of physical therapy for certain conditions.

Master
Sadomasochistic vernacular term for the sadistic partner whose role is one of total domination and disciplinarian.

Anatomy
The study of form. Gross anatomy involves structures that can be seen with the naked eye. It is as opposed to microscopic anatomy (or histology) which involves structures seen under the microscope.

Circulation
The flow of blood through the body. Includes the heart, arteries, veins and capillaries.

Blood
The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.

Lymph
Consists primarily of a clear, yellowish fluid and white blood cells. Found in the lymphatic system.



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Swedish American Health System
Swedish American Health System is a hospital in Rockford, Illinois (USA).

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Swedish Covenant Hospital is a hospital in Chicago, Illinois (USA).

Swedish doctor
A doctor who, being or not a citizen of that country, has been admitted to practice medicine in Sweden.

Swedish Hospital
Swedish Hospital is a hospital in Englewood, Colorado (USA).

Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center is a hospital in Seattle, Washington (USA).

Swedish Medical Center-Ballard Campus
The Swedish Medical Center-Ballard Campus is a hospital in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Swedish Medical Center-First Hill Campus
The Swedish Medical Center-First Hill Campus is a hospital in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Swedish Medical Center-Providence Campus
The Swedish Medical Center-Providence Campus is a hospital in Seattle, Washington, United States.



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Science
1. A continuous process whose basic purposes are to make phenomena recognizable and to predict outcomes, and whose fundamental activities comprise|(a) observing and describing phenomena and developing general conclusions about them; (b) integrating new data with organized observations that have been confirmed; (c) formulating testable hypotheses based on the results of such integration; (d) testing such hypotheses under controlled, repeatable conditions; (e) observing the results of such testing, recording them unambiguously, and interpreting them clearly; and (f) actively seeking criticism from participants in science. 2. Knowledge from science. 3. A scientific domain (e.g., genetics). 4. Knowledge from a particular scientific domain. 5. Any system or method characterized by the application of scientific principles to practical ends (e.g., culinary science). 6. Any disciplined, systematized area of study. 7. Methodological activity, training, or study. 8. Any activity that ostensibly requires study and method. 9. Knowledge from experience. 10. A developed ability. 11. The state of knowing.

Spirit
Among other things, wind; breath; life; the alleged vital force within living beings; an alleged soul inside or outside a living being; any alleged supernatural being; the nature of a person or of a group of persons; genius; and liveliness.

Stroke (apoplexy, cerebral accident, cerebrovascular accident, CVA, cerebral apoplexy)
A neural deficit that results from an undersupply of oxygen to the brain (e.g., due to thrombosis or a cerebral aneurysm, embolism, or hemorrhage), develops within minutes or hours, and persists for more than 24 hours.

Strong holism
An aspect of supernaturalistic pantheism, or Spinozism, which holds that nature is divine. According to strong holism, the universe is uninterrupted in substance--an unbroken whole--and all things have instantaneous interconnections.

Subtle energy
See "vital force."

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Synchronicity (synchronistic principle)
"Acausal connecting principle," the supposed equivalent of a cause. Carl Jung (see "Jungian psychology") posited synchronicity--which he equated with the Tao--to describe meaningful but apparently accidental concurrences or sequences of events.

Saccharin
A man-made sweetener that people use in place of sugar because it has no calories.

Saturated Fat
A type of fat that comes from animals.

Second Phase Insulin Release
Delayed release of insulin into the bloodstream from the beta cell after the blood glucose level rises. It is thought that this delayed release is due to release of insulin that is manufactured in the beta cell after the blood sugar starts to rise.

Secondary Diabetes
When a person gets diabetes because of another disease or because of taking certain drugs or chemicals.

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