Swedish Massage - In Brief 

Created a blog post to provide a very brief summary of Swedish massage techniques.  I keep editing it to provide more information or to eliminate extraneous material.  Please let me know your thoughts.  It is currently "live" but I don't think it has been accessed by my ideal audience. 


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While at my niece's engagement party, I sat with friends of the groom - young men in their late 20's.  As conversation slid from movies to virtual reality games, each one glanced at his cellphone, made a few swipes then returned to the discussion.  During a screen check, I asked one for feedback on my website.  He happily keyed in my URL and started stating items to change. 

First, he noted a delay in accessing the website's content then asked "What's Swedish massage and how does it differ from Deep Tissue massage?"  

Surprised, I asked, "You've never heard of Swedish massage?"

He said "No. I've never had a massage."  

As a person who regularly schedules a massage to relieve muscle tension from working in front of a computer screen or to recover from a long flight, I thought everyone had heard of Swedish massage.  Hearing his response broke me out of my bubble and underlined the need for a clear explanation of Swedish massage and some of its benefits.  

Swedish massage 

Although evidence depicts the movements associated with massage occurring more than 2,000 years ago iCn several different countries, the following French terms are used to name the strokes lcommonly known as "Swedish or assic massage": 

  1. Effleurage - gliding stroke usually with the hand from joint to joint 
  2. Petrissage - circular and kneading motions
  3. Friction - applied to a small area; either following or against muscle fibers; 
  4. Vibration - gentle to vigorous shaking 
  5. Tapotment - tapping; rapid percussive movements 

In many instances, massage therapists relax muscle fibers and reduce stress by using a variety of these five Swedish massage strokes based on the client's goals.  A session usually starts with "still touch" which is not a stroke.  Still touch may start with the therapist gently placing her hands on the client's feet for several breaths.  Still touch allows the client to become aware of the therapists touch and permits the therapist to find out where tension is being held in the client's  body.  Still touch may be used at any time during a session. 

For any of th
e five strokes, the massage therapist may use a small amount of oil, gel or cream.  At fibre, the session usually starts with still touch followed by effleurage strokes.  During the session, the client is asked about the pressure being used; the goal is to meet the client's preference. Effleurage strokes help warm the muscle tissue and increase circulation.  Petrissage, friction, vibration and tapotment may be used to address adhesions or congestion in muscle fibers.  At fibre, clients are asked about the use of tapotment before it is applied. 

When a client chooses to remain fully clothed for a session, the therapist will limit the use of effleurage. An oil, cream or gel may be used only on the hands and feet, if socks are removed.    

At fibre, a blend of Swedish and deep tissue strokes may be combined in a session. 

Please let me know if you'd like more information about Swedish massage.92b582cc


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