The Basic Swedish Massage Strokes

Pioneered by Per Henrik Ling in the 18th century, Swedish Massage is one of the most widely taught of the western massage modalities. It has been shown to decrease muscle stiffness and pain, and can help to improve range of movement.  A new study even reveals its connection to lowering blood glucose in Type 2 diabetes patients. Swedish Massage is easily adaptable, versatile and can be successfully incorporated into a variety of treatment plans, making this a useful treatment tool in the therapist's kit.

Swedish Massage utilises five basic movements, which can be applied for remedial or relaxation purposes.  Effleurage involves broad, sweeping movements that not only help to spread the oil or cream across the body part, but also administer gentle massage treatment while warming up the skin and muscles.

Followed by petrissage, kneading movements that help to break up tension within the muscles through lifting and stretching of the tissues.

Tapotement focuses on hacking, tapping movements that increase blood flow, encouraging the oxygenation of an area. Includes pummelling motions with fists, chopping with side of hands, pinching with fingertips or cupping with palm of hands.

Frictions include circular or rubbing movement, often used near bones or joints, useful for accessing deeper levels of muscular tissue and delivers a very targeted treatment.

Vibrations are complementary treatment that stimulates the tissues on a superficial level using back-and-forth motions and utilising the heel of the hand, finger/thumb- tips and side of the hand to break up surface tension.

Whether you're feeling stressed, fatigued or sore, we can adapt a Swedish Massage treatment for you that will ensure you end up refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated!