Going Swedish

Want to de-stress and detoxify yourself after a long week of tension, panic and chaos? Then this massage is perfect to ease that nagging back pain or that perpetual crick in your neck. One of the most common Western forms of massage is the Swedish body massage. This type of massage pays special attention to your back, legs, arms and neck, and will tackle your stiff shoulders!

The Swedish massage was developed by Per Henrick Ling in Sweden in the 1830’s. It employs light to medium pressure and aims to hasten the return of the blood from the extremities back to the heart. It is designed in such a way that the muscles relax by applying pressure to them against deeper muscle and bones while simultaneously rubbing in the same direction as the blood flow back to your blood pump.

And last, a full body massage along with some nice music and calming ambience evokes a sense of well being and reduces anxiety. It creates a connection between the body and mind, an awareness of the body’s physical state and kindles energy from all levels.

The Technique

Swedish massage techniques include: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usually sequence of techniques are:

  • Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
  • Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  • Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  • Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the muscles
  • Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping
  • Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching