Swedish Massage

 

Swedish massage is a type of massage therapy that uses a variety of techniques to relax muscles through the application of pressure.  The six basic strokes used in Swedish massage include effleurage (gliding/sliding), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross-fiber motion), vibration, traction, and tapotement (percussion or tapping). The primary purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the blood’s oxygen flow and assist in toxin removal from the muscles.

Tell me about the history of Swedish massage…

Swedish massage was developed in the 1700s by Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling, possibly through the study of Chinese martial arts and tui na, a hands-on body treatment designed to restore balance in the body.  The Dutch physician Johan Georg Mezger attached the French names to the five strokes in the nineteenth century.

What benefits does Swedish massage offer?

Swedish massage has been shown to reduce pain, improve circulation, ease joint stiffness, and increase range of motion.  Because it can help tissues release uric acid, lactic acid, and other waste products, it assists in muscle recovery after strain.  Swedish massage could be beneficial to those suffering from osteoarthritis and soreness from athletic training or muscle overuse, among others.  It lowers stress levels and simultaneously stimulates and soothes the nervous system.  Other specific medical uses exist for Swedish massage, as well.

Swedish massage also just feels good!  It is both relaxing and bracing, and tones the nerves, glands, circulation, and muscles while increasing well-being.