A soothing Swedish massage designed to melt away stress and
tension, improve circulation, and create a general feeling of
well-being. Swedish massage is probably the best known type of massage, and is the foundation for other types of massage including deep tissue and sports. It was developed in the 1800’s by Swedish physiologist Henri Peter Ling. Swedish massage has proven its efficacy as a non-invasive therapy in treating a number of ailments.
This form of bodywork uses five basic strokes. These strokes include
effleurage (light strokes), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (tapping),
friction and vibration. The therapist uses hands and forearms to
manipulate the tissues. Active and passive movements of the joints may
also be part of the session. Pressure is light to moderate. There is no deep work.
Swedish massage is used to induce relaxation, relieve pain and tension in muscles, improve circulation and increase flexibility. By improving circulation this type of massage aids in the detoxification process. Waste products are eliminated from the body faster thus increasing the self-healing ability of the body.