This is one of the most widely practiced and trusted massage techniques, incorporating spa-style relaxation massage strokes and deeper friction along the muscle for lasting effects. There are five commonly applied strokes in Swedish Massage: Sliding or gliding (effleurage), kneading (petrissage), rhythmic tapping (tapotement), cross fiber or with fibers (friction), and vibration (jostling). Swedish Massage techniques have been shown to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Long, gliding stokes return blood to the heart, invigorating and rejuvenating the body, while melting away stress to produce a lasting sense of well being. This can be attributed partly to a reduction of the stress hormone cortisol, measured in a study by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Other benefits observed from Swedish massage include, but are not limited to:
- Reducing symptoms of arthritis
- Decreasing anxiety, and boosting immune function.
- Lowering blood pressure and increased circulation
- Lessening the frequency of tension headaches
In particular, Swedish massage has been shown to improve immune system function through the detoxification effects of lymphatic drainage. Researchers at Emory University have observed that massage may reduce overall fatigue in women undergoing breast cancer treatments.
Swedish massage is truly a memorable experience.