Swedish massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. The Swedish massage utilizes a firm and yet gentle pressure. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes.
There are five different movements that may be used during a Swedish massage:
Effluerage: an elongated stroke, slow stroke
Petrissage: kneading, intermittent compression combined with a grasping and lifting action that pulls the tissues away from the bones
Tapotement: a fast rhythmic stroke that uses both hands like rapid drumming
Friction: can be direct pressure, linear, circular, or cross fiber
Vibration: involves high frequency shaky hand movements
Benefits of Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is best known for helping people relax and for repairing overworked or injured muscles. Having regular Swedish massages will enhance your circulatory system, meaning that your muscles, tissues and other parts of your body will get more oxygen delivered to them each day.
It stimulates your lymphatic system, helping the body to rid itself of stored toxins and strengthening your immune system. The elimination of these toxins and metabolic wastes shortens recovery time after intense exercise. Your nervous system also benefits from Swedish massage, which is why it’s so closely associated with relaxation. Regular massage is often recommended as part of an overall stress management program.
You’ll also want to stay well hydrated for the next 24 to 48 hours to help your body continue to eliminate toxins.