Swedish massage is one of the most common systems of massage worldwide. Based on Western understanding of anatomy and physiology, Swedish massage uses traditional manipulative techniques of effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), friction (rubbing), and tapotement (percussion). Depending on the results the therapist wants to attain, the massage can be slow and gentle or vigorous and strong.
Swedish massage has many benefits, including: promoting relaxation, calming the nervous system, stimulating blood circulation and lymphatic systems, and keeping muscle tissue more supple. It can also increase the flow of oxygen in the blood as well as release metabolic waste such as lactic and uric acids, contributing to the overall effect of boosting your mood. Swedish massage can help with reducing joint pain and stiffness, and has also been known to help those with osteoarthritis. Patients who undergo this kind of massage also report enjoying enhanced flexibility.
Swedish massage is most effective when it is received on a regular basis. In some areas of the world, Swedish massage is also known as ‘Classic Massage.’