SWEDISH MASSAGE – Did you know???

The Most Popular & Classic Form of the Soft Tissue Techniques


    Barb applies Swedish Massage techniques

  • Is also known as the ‘SPA’ MASSAGE
  • Most common and best-known type of massage in the West
  • Uses massage oils or lotions to enable SMOOTH movements
  • Rhythmic and Relaxing massage
  • Uses gliding strokes or touch
  • Uses firm yet gentle, constant pressure but NOT deep pressure
  • Extra pressure can be used on areas of specific muscle tension
  • Eases muscle tension
  • Based on anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work
  • Breaks up muscle knots (or adhesions)
  • For relaxation and reduction of edema, the direction of the movement is toward the heart or in the direction of blood flow
  • For fibrotic areas, a cross-fiber direction is used
  • Various parts of the hand, forearm, and elbow may be used during Swedish massage 
  • Pioneered by a Swedish physiologist Per Henrik Ling at the University of Stockholm
  • Swedish massage is the foundation massage for other massage techniques (deep tissue massage, sports massage, and aromatherapy massage.
Tammara using gliding Swedish massage strokes

Massage Extraordinaire
4848 Tecolote Road
San Diego, CA. 92110

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