What is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage usually means you will get a massage with a lighter or medium touch. As opposed to a deep tissue massage a Swedish massage can be slow, gentle and calm the nervous system, promoting relaxation or vigorous to activate the system nervous, and boost your mood, stimulates your blood circulation and lymphatic systems, and keeps muscle tissues more flexible.
How does it work?
The most common type of massage is Swedish Technique. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing.
The four common strokes of Swedish massage are:
Effleurage (Light): a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
Petrissage (Medium): 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