Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most popular forms of massage therapy. It can help you relax, give you more energy, and may help after an injury.

What is Swedish massage?

Swedish massage involves long, kneading strokes combined with rhythmic tapping strokes and movement of the joints.

This type of massage targets the uppermost layer of muscles and aims to relieve muscle tension.

What does a Swedish massage involve?

The four most common strokes used in Swedish massage are:

  • Effleurage: smooth, gliding strokes to relax soft tissue
  • Petrissage: squeezing, rolling, or kneading
  • Friction: deep, circular movements to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
  • Tapotement: tapping with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand

The health benefits of Swedish massage

Many people use Swedish massage just to relax. It can also be used to help with physical conditions and has been shown to help relieve pain and stress and muscle tension.

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