What is Swedish Massage?
Human Touch Massage Therapy’s Swedish Massage is a therapeutic approach to promoting relaxation using five basic strokes. Oil to used to produce a warming and gliding effect. Other techniques, such as moving the joints through a range of motion, are often applied.
How it works
The five basic strokes are:
- Effleurage – a long, smooth, gliding stroke applied with the palms of both hands, in the direction of the heart, which encourages the return of the blood from the veins.
- Petrissage – kneading, wringing and rolling tissue using the hands, the thumbs or the fingers, enhancing the fluid movement of the tissues and stretching muscle and fascia.
- Friction – deep circular or transverse movements with the pads of the thumbs designed to manipulate soft tissue so that one layer of soft tissue is moved over or against another
- Vibration – a continuous trembling or shaking movement delivered by the hands which can be either relaxing or stimulating, depending on the pressure used.
- Percussion – a rapid, staccato, striking motion done with hands or fingers, using varying amounts of force and differing hand positions. Designed to stimulate the body.