Relaxation (Swedish)

Swedish massage is one of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques. It is considered the massage standard for much of the Western world. Treatment is designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Therapists at Brielle Integrated Healthcare use a combination of kneading and rolling movements. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury. Keep reading to see why a relaxing, Swedish massage may be for you.

About Swedish Massage Therapy

Developed in the 1800s by Pehr Henrik Ling, Swedish massage incorporates a variety of specific massage techniques to treat sore muscles, tension, stress, and poor circulation. Most Western massage modalities have their origins in in this form, and the majority of massage therapists are trained in it before they learn any other massage techniques. Swedish massage is so ubiquitous that in Europe that it is known as classic massage.

Swedish massage uses five basic movements to increase circulation and remove toxins from the muscles. Always working towards the heart, the massage therapist incorporates these techniques into a flowing massage session that leaves the patient physically and emotionally relaxed.

How a Swedish Massage Works

The trademark move is Effleurage, long gliding strokes that can be firm or soft, depending on purpose and client. Many therapists start out a session with Effleurage to familiarize themselves with the patient, and then start to bring more pressure to bear for deeper work.

Therapeutic massage techniques also include Petrissage, or kneading, which is designed to release toxins from the muscles by lifting, separating, and rolling them. Gentle pressure is used to compress and relax the tissue and enhance circulation.

Another technique, Tapotement, involves tapping the muscles with a percussive stroke. The side of the hand, fingers, or palm may be used to release tension and cramping. Many therapists also incorporate vibration, a later technique, which involves the therapist centering his or her hands on the back of a limb and shaking them briskly for several seconds to release tension, encourage circulation, and help muscles to contract.

The deepest work in Swedish massage is accomplished with friction, the massage therapist works deep into the muscles with the fingers, elbow, or base of the palm. Using circular movements, the therapist works deeply into the muscle, especially in bony areas, to release adhesions that can restrict movement. Friction helps the client to be more flexible, and it also releases deep seated muscle tension.

Swedish massage is most effective when done at least once a month, although once every two weeks is a more therapeutically useful interval.

Interested in Swedish Massage Therapy?

Clients interested in experiencing Swedish massage should seek out a reputable massage therapist to explore it. The top-rated massage therapists at Brielle Integrated Healthcare are here to help. Book an appointment today!