Swedish massage is very helpful in managing stress, initiating the autonomic nervous system relaxation response and improving circulation. If someone has never had a massage before, Swedish massage is a good modality to “try” for a first time massage.
Benefits of Swedish Massage – Center for Massage Therapy
Swedish massage helps the body in reducing pain and joint stiffness, increasing circulation, and for improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. Swedish massage is often combined with other modalities where it is used as connecting strokes between body parts and to address the whole body.
Swedish Massage Basics
Swedish massage employs five basic strokes:
- effleurage (sliding or gliding)
- petrissage (kneading)
- tapotement (rhythmic tapping)
- friction (cross-fiber) and
- vibration (shaking)
Swedish or “classic” massage is often the first modality a massage student learns. It is a basis for many massage modalities and is often the modality used in spas where relaxation is the goal.
In a Swedish massage, lotion or oil is used to aid the movement of the massage therapist across the skin. Per Henrik Ling, a Swede who immigrated to France, is credited with the development of Swedish massage; this is why the names for the strokes are in the French language instead of Swedish.
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