What is Swedish massage?
Swedish massage is a recognized form of massage therapy that is usually performed with oil, lotion or gel. Swedish massage therapists will use a variety of techniques depending on the desired outcome; whether it is more treatment oriented or relaxation focused.
The main techniques of Swedish massage are effleurage (gliding), petrissage, (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), frictions (cross fibre pressure), and oscillations (vibrations).
How does Swedish massage work?
The long flowing movements of effleurage and petrisage will increase circulation, warm muscles, and increase flexibility.
Cross fibre friction work helps to break up scar tissue and ease tissues that may be sticking together. Tapotement and vibrations help calm the nervous system easing tension, anxiety and stress.
How effective is Swedish massage?
Swedish massage has been shown helpful in reducing pain from strains sprains, headaches and arthritis, as well as increasing flexibility as muscles are kneaded and lengthened. Through a massage local blood circulation is increased and “knots” are released (more technically referred to as adhesions).
A point of interest:
A registered massage therapist that is trained in Swedish massage is also skilled in other modalities including sports massage, hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy and stretching to name a few. A good massage therapist will use a variety of techniques, making your treatment that much more effective.
Catherine Taman is a Registered Massage Therapist practicing in Toronto, Canada. She has a special interest in treating chronic pain, headaches, sports injuries and pregnancy related pain. To book an appointment with Catherine, visit rmtmassagetherapytoronto