Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage was developed in the 1700s by Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling, possibly through the study of Chinese martial arts and tuina, a hands-on body treatment designed to restore balance in the body.  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.

Giving Swedish Back Massage to blond woman

Basic Strokes of Swedish Massage

Direction of Swedish Massage Strokes

Massage strokes Direction

Massage strokes Direction – The choices of massage stroke directions are circular, longitudinal, and transverse. All stroke directions can be used on the torso, but longitudinal strokes applied to the peripherals should be deeper and stronger towards the heart and significantly lighter on their return. Transverse direction is also suitable for legs and arms.

Swedish massage is a type of massage therapy that uses a variety of techniques to relax muscles through the application of pressure.

Swedish Massage is the most commonly requested type of message therapy and one of the most basic techniques that is taught during therapists’ training.

It’s responsible for that broad delightful smile people wear when they exit a massage session. It involves the application of pressure at different points on the body and the use of a number of techniques to relieve muscle tension.

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. Trained message therapists know how to utilize the following techniques to reduce muscle tightness and stimulate muscle relaxation and proper blood circulation.

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.

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