Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage.The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber).
Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.
The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes. The term "Swedish" massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called "classic massage".
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage.
If it's you're first time at the spa, Swedish massage is the perfect place to start.
What You Need to Know About Swedish Massage:
* During Swedish massage, massage therapists use massage oils to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes over the entire body. Other classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping.
* Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create other health benefits.