What is Swedish Massage?
Swedish Massage is the classic style of bodywork. Also called Western massage, it is the most popular and familiar massage method being practiced today, and it has served as a foundation for many of the massage techniques developed in recent years. Swedish massage is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective soft tissue of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation, and health maintenance. It is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fiber), percussion (rhythmic tapping), and vibration.
Swedish/Western massage directly increases blood circulation, thus enhancing delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the tissues. It also increases lymph circulation, which speeds up the removal of metabolic waste and the by-products of tissue damage and inflammation. It has been reported helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and promoting relaxation.
Deep Work Massage is also a type of swedish massage – a unique approach to bodywork distinct from clinical deep tissue massage. Here ‘deep’ refers to the depth of the client’s positive experience, not just the amount of pressure used. The deep work massage therapist utilizes advanced techniques to systematically release the upper and lower body as well as the core. The therapist has an educated appreciation for the role of the connective tissue system in shaping the body. The intent of the work is to provide for the client an opportunity for a powerful depth of response.
This type of Swedish massage is used to soften and elongate muscles, soothe nerves, and release tension. It is designed also to improve posture and facilitate freedom of movement. Deep work massage is effective for muscular and fascial strains and sprains, structural balance, realigning structure and energy, relieving emotional stress, and evoking inner peace.