The Swedish massage therapy is quite different than the other message techniques as it comprises of five special techniques: effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, vibration or shaking. In this technique, the therapist applies deeper pressure that can increase the oxygenation of the blood, releases the metabolic waste from the body and improves the movement of the joints and muscles.
A brief about its techniques
Effleurage– This involves sliding and gliding of the different parts of the body which are performed by the palm and the fingertips. With the firm and the light pressure technique, the knots and the tensions of the muscles get easily relaxed by the long strokes.
Petrissage– This method involves kneading the muscles so that the pressure penetrates the muscles and reaches the core of the tissues. Done with the help of thumbs and knuckles, the therapist applies force to the body that helps in releasing the knots of the body.
Tapotement– During this technique, rhythmic tapping is applied over the muscles using the fists of the hands. This relaxes the muscles and enhances the flow of energy into the deeper tissues.
Friction– In the method of friction, the therapist applies heat to the muscles by rubbing the palms together. The rubbing of the hands produces a heat, which is then applied over the stiff areas of the body to soothe the pain.
Vibration– This technique will loosen up the muscles by using the fingertips and palms of the hands over the muscles. The muscles of the body get relaxed and it improves the flow of blood and oxygen to the cells and tissues.
About its benefits
The Swedish massage is one of the best technique to fight stress and tension. It promotes relaxation of the body parts & removes all sorts of toxic waste from the body. It enhances the movements & functionality of the body parts and stimulates the body to relieve the physical and mental discomfort.