Swedish-Massage is what you probably imagine when you think of massage. It uses long flowing strokes (effleurage) spreading lotion or oil over the skin. These flowing strokes are interspersed with the following: friction, which moves the skin over the tissue below helping untangle knotty muscle fibers; Petrissage, which is a milking or ringing of the tissue; tapotement, which is the rhythmic hacking, cupping or beating of large muscle areas; vibration, the gentle jiggling of the muscles; and range of motion, or taking the joints through a gentle motion of their range that lengthens muscle fibers and lubricates the joint spaces.
Generally Swedish massage is performed with a gentle pressure that can range from light to firm depending on the clients preference. However, deeper pressure can be applied in certain areas if needed or requested by the client. Overall a Swedish session will leave the recipient relaxed, refreshed, invigorated and even euphoric. As with all massage the client may feel woozy or light headed from the session because of the release of endorphins. So, be careful when first getting off the table and walking about.
Finished with Swedish-Massage, return to Massage Therapy