Swedish Massage is the distillation of ancient Chinese techniques that were observed and by a French doctor who traveled to China in the 16th Century. The writing of Per Henrik Ling of Sweden became the standard massage system known throughout the world. It consists of five basic techniques: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration. Swedish Massage provides some of the following beneficial effects:
1) dilates blood vessels, improving the circulation and relieving congestion
2) relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension
3) improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy
4) improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues
5) helps lessen inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain
6) disperses edema
Swedish Massage is traditionally applied with oils, although the therapist may use lotions to apply the techniques. Swedish massage provides the ability to work on the client for both the purpose of relaxation and therapeutic goals.
This therapy is applied with clothes removed to the client’s comfort level with use of proper draping techniques.