Types of Massage

Swedish

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Swedish Massage is the most common, well-known style of full body massage & it’s absolutely perfect for newcomers. The goal of Swedish Massage is to use a variety of strokes (long gliding, circular, kneading, friction, stretching, tapping) to warm up the muscle tissue, release tension & break up adhesions (those peasky, painful knots).

 

You can opt for a gentle or hard pressure & combine it with a slow or vigorous style depending upon what you’d like to achieve from the session. At first, your Therapist will ask you about any injuries or conditions as well as where you’re experiencing tightness, pain or any other issues. After the consultation, you’ll lie on the table underneath a towel which the Therapist will uncover as they work on specific parts of the body including the back, legs, arms, neck & shoulders.

 

Swedish Massage usually includes deeper work on those niggly areas that house all the tension you carry from day-to-day life. Ultimately, Swedish Massage is relaxing, calming, reduces tension & anxiety. This style of massage helps maintain physical, mental & emotional wellbeing particularly when incorporated into a regular routine. Deep sigh of relief.

Swedish Massage isn’t actually Swedish at all (gasp). In fact, it’s only the English & Dutch speaking countries that use the term. Everywhere else Swedish Massage is referred to as a Classic Massage. Regardless of which phrase you use, this massage style uses 5 types of strokes:

  • Effleurage: sliding or gliding

  • Petrissage: kneading

  • Tapotement: rhythmic tapping

  • Friction: cross fibre or with the fibers

  • Vibration: shaking

 

Each of these strokes when combined in Classic or Swedish Massage may prove helpful in reducing back pain, headaches, anxiety, joint stiffness, muscular tension plus help promote good circulation. Swedish or Classic – call it what you will - eliminates mental stress & takes relaxation & healing to a whole new level. Taking care of yourself isn't self indulgence, it's proactive self care & it's vital for everyone.

Massage promotes physiological changes in your body through:

  • The relaxation response, which is an involuntary yet predictable response of the nervous system to massage techniques & touch.

  • Mechanical responses, which are physical effects that occur in the body when pressure is applied to the soft tissues.

 

Together, these responses may produce physical & emotional benefits such as the reduction of stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, increased blood & lymph circulation as well as relaxation of muscles, tissue, tendons & ligaments.

The usual sequence in which a Swedish Massage strokes are applied are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion & finally passive/active movements (bending & stretching).

 

Swedish massage practitioners suggest that this approach can assist the body in delivering nutrients & removing waste products from various tissues. Therapy is said to transform nervous energy into a more steady state. Rhythm is regarded as important to establishing balance & the nervous system is thought to benefit from repetition and tempo. Rhythms are felt to have a meditative quality that is refreshing both to the therapist & client.

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