Therapeutic Swedish Massage is a fundamental massage modality that is taught as a basis for massage techniques in most professional massage schools. The techniques are varied and useful for many soft tissue ailments and issues. Swedish Massage has been around since the mid 1800’s.
Swedish massage addresses relaxation of the body and it’s soft tissue but it is so much more than that. Within the realm of what is considered Therapeutic Swedish Massage there are many techniques such as effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration and more. Some of these techniques can be considered as relaxation inducing and others actually stimulate the muscles to create more blood flow and increased awareness for the body.
A good massage therapist will evaluate a clients needs and using classic Swedish Massage techniques will address the specific areas of concern for each client. Using the varied techniques of Swedish Massage gives each and every client a massage that will deliver the best possible results for his or her body.
Simple descriptions of some of the techniques of Therapeutic Swedish Massage:
- Effleurage: Long gliding strokes
- Petrissage: Kneading, knuckling, rhythmic movements
- Friction: Cross fiber shorter strokes
- Tapotement: Tapping, slapping, cupping
- Vibration: Quick, sustained rocking or shaking movements