Swedish Massage Techniques

How Can You Benefit From Swedish Massage?

Swedish Massage Techniques differ from a regular massage in that they help to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. How this differs from a soft, less effective massage is that afterward you will feel more relaxed, invigorated and even healthier as this type of massage technique can actually stimulate the skin and nervous system.

Swedish massage was developed by a Swedish doctor, Henrik Ling, in the 1700’s and aids in relaxing muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones as well as rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. It has been shown to shorten recovery time from a muscular strain as it flushes the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid and other wastes from the body.

Body massage techniques that incorporate Swedish massage therapy can reduce stress both physically and emotionally and can improve your quality of life. Swedish massage, also known as classical massage, focuses largely on detoxification by allowing your body to absorb more oxygen. The end result is a happy, relaxed and rejuvenated body and mind.

There are five Swedish massage techniques, they include:

Effleurage: Long, sweeping strokes that cover more than one area of your body. They can be firm or light and can be performed using the padded parts of your fingertips, or the palm of your hand.

Friction: Heat makes muscles relax, to achieve this goal, rub the palms of your hands vigorously on the surface of the skin, or rub the palms of your hands together and then apply them to the skin.

Petrissage: Kneading and squeezing the muscles of the body. No one area of the body is focused on, but doing this will prepare the muscles for the deeper effects of the rest of the Swedish massage.

Tapottement: Strokes that energize the area of the body that is being focused on. It consists of chopping or rhythmic hitting of an area with cupped or fisted hands. This will make an area loose and relaxed.

Vibration: This is used to shake up an area of the body being treated and is accomplished by moving the heel, side or even fingertips of the hand forward and backward across the skin to loosen the muscle.

The Essentials of Swedish Massage can teach all of these massage techniques and more in an easy to follow and fun DVD created by Meade Steadman. Whether you want to learn the massage techniques for personal or commercial reasons, this DVD can help you learn everything you need to know. It comes highly recommended as one of the best sources for learning Swedish massage techniques and is a well put together instructional video that can help anyone who wants to learn.

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