Swedish massage is a basic, general, overall body massage using a combination of five basic massage techniques. The therapist uses oil directly on the skin so the client is draped with towels/sheets.
Developed by Per Henrik-Ling (1776-1839) Swedish massage simply refers to a combination of five techniques used in sequence on various parts of the body. These techniques are Effleurage – Circular stroking movements, Petrissage – Kneading movements, Friction – Rubbing Strokes, Vibration – Shaking movements to loosen the body and Tapotement – Tapping. Per Ling developed this sequence of massage techniques after studying in China. Swedish massage today remains the basis for most practices and can be used alone or in combination with other therapies. All massage aims to produce three effects on body systems: Structural, Physiological and Psychological. During Swedish massage, which uses stroking, squeezing, compression, rubbing etc applied directly to the skin, clients commonly experience emotional responses to the massage therapist’s manipulation of the soft tissue. This is normal and a massage therapist is trained to be compassionate and mature when dealing with such reactions should they occur. Ultimately as Swedish massage can be both relaxing and invigorating leaving the client with an overall feeling of wellbeing.