Swedish massage is a technique which soothes and relaxes the body to give a great sensation of overall wellbeing. It is ideal for specific physical problems such as muscle tension, tendon and ligament problems, Swedish massage can be used to relax muscles after physical exertion or to warm and loosen them in preparation for exercise, and it is also a great mental and emotional stress reliever.
The standard type of massage offered in most clinics, gyms, spas, and wellness centres, Swedish massage is virtually synonymous with massage therapy.
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, compared to the energy-centric style more common in Asian forms of massage. Using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas.
There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage therapy: effleurage (long smooth strokes), petrissage (kneading, rolling, and lifting), friction (wringing or small circular movements), tapotement (percussion), and vibration (rocking and shaking movements).
Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and it can be especially helpful if you’re recovering from an injury.