What is Swedish Massage Description, Techniques, Video

Swedish Body massageWhat is Swedish massage - it's the most common and best-known type of massage technique. If it's your first time, Swedish body massage is the perfect place to start. Swedish massage is a gentle, rhythmic massage that is very good to relax soft body tissue and facilitate healing. It is lighter in touch than other forms of massage techniques and includes long flowing strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on more superficial layers of the muscles. It can loosen stiff joints, reduce muscle tension, and help clear nasal or chest congestion. Also Swedish massage style and experience depends on what style client prefer or he wants to achieve.

Swedish Massage Video

Swedish massage video above demonstrates basic movements and techniques including Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction and Percussion performed on the back. Please note that individual Swedish massage varies depending on health conditions, individual needs, preferences etc.

Swedish Massage Techniques

In Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with hot massage oil and performs various strokes that warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesion. Before the Swedish massage, the therapist will ask you about any injuries or other conditions that therapist should know about. Things you should tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It's not advisable to get a massage if you are ill or with fever.

After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table - face down, and underneath the towel - and then leaves the room. Therapist will knock and ask if you are ready before entering. During a Swedish massage you are generally nude underneath a towel or sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body she is working on, a technique called draping. If the nudity gets you out of your comfort zone, you can keep your underwear on. You usually start by laying face down with your head in a u-shaped face cradle so your spine stays neutral. Swedish massage techniques generally starts by works your back, using various Swedish massage techniques that include effleurage (gliding), kneading, friction, stretching and tapping. When he's finished with the back, therapist works the back of each leg. When done with the back side, therapist holds the sheet or towel up and looks away while you turn over onto your back and scoot down; then quickly covers you again. The therapist then massages the front of each leg, both arms, and generally finishes with your neck and shoulders. If you only have 1 hour you can also ask them to spend more time on a certain area. If the pressure is too light or too firm, you should speak up and ask the therapist to adjust it.