Swedish MassageSwedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it's your first time at the spa or you don't get massage often, Swedish massage is the best place to start. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. Beginning on your stomach, the massage therapist will begin long, firm brush-like strokes along your back and eventually over your shoulders, arms, then down to lower back and legs. Halfway through the appointment you will be asked to turn over, finishing the second half face up for the treatment of your upper shoulders, arms and fronts of legs.
The five basic moves in a Swedish massage include:
1. Effleurage – making long and gliding strokes along the body. The rubbing and pushing of the muscles helps for relaxation plus reduce tension and stress levels. Other health benefits include increased circulation of blood flow to the heart. It’s great for the upper back, neck, and shoulders and is the most common move in many massages.
2. Petrissage –This movement works on your muscle tension and to help you unwind. The kneading and squeezing motion of this technique gets rid of and smooth out any sort of lumps or impure substances from the muscle so it will be efficient once again.
3. Tapotement – This is the gentle pounding of the body like the motion you are drumming. This is a very noisy move and is usually used at the end of a massage session as it helps wake you up if you became sleepy.
4. Vibration – This is the rhythmic and rapid shaking of the body. Great for the neck and shoulders. It has a very good feeling sensation and you can fall asleep to this very easily.
5. Friction – This is worked on your muscle fibers and is done using circular or perpendicular motions.
The Swedish massage is designed specifically to enhance circulation and blood flow to the large muscle groups. It’s exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.