What is a Swedish massage?
Swedish Massage comes to mind when most people think about massage. The goal is to relax the entire body and increase the level of oxygen in the blood, improving circulation and flexibility.
Similar to Aromatherapy massage this is one of the most popular treatments on a spa menu, Swedish Massage is a classic technique. “Carrier” oils (e.g. almond or jojoba oils) are applied to the body using long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. Many people find this light massage style more soothing, relaxing and superficial than a deeper style of massage. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. If you’ve never had a massage before, this is a good one to start with.
The four common strokes of a Swedish massage
- Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
- Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
- Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
- Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand
Benefits of a Swedish Massage Program
The Swedish Massage can also be used as therapy for people who suffer from any type of debilitating joint disorder that causes them pain. This benefit of the Swedish Massage works to increase the elasticity in the tissues, flexibility, and to reduce the pain that they feel. After the Swedish Massage many of these people will find that they are able to use their joints more than before and with little to no pain.
The pressure used during a Swedish Massage therapy help to relax the muscles and relieve all of the tension that has built up. The touch of the skin also helps to relax the person and to clear their mind of anything that might be bothering them. Because it will help to give you the energy that you need and to relax your whole body it also enables you to put things into perspective. Another benefit of the Swedish Massage is its ability to help you sleep. With sleep your mind will be able to rest and reset. Therapists suggest a Swedish Massage to anyone who is feeling run down or suffering from mild depression.