Swedish Massage as we know it today, also known as Classical, Holistic or Western massage, was developed by Per Henrik Ling in 1812. His work ultimately resulted in the development of professional training that ensured a good grounding in anatomy, physiology, pathology in addition to the application of massage.
Swedish Massage can be used superficially resulting in an all over effect of relaxation or can be used to engage with the deeper tissues. The main objectives are to relieve pain, improve/help restoration of movement and function whilst improving the overall well being of the recipient.
- Promotes better balance between muscle groups by stretching and loosening muscles and connective tissue thus improving posture and well being.
- Helps joint movement by relieving muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms, decreasing inflammation and improving flexibility.
- Aids relaxation and promotes a more restful sleep.
- Improves circulation and energy levels; benefiting body, mind, spirit and emotions.
- Eases the burden of physical and emotional pain.
Swedish Massage consists of four main massage movements;
- Effleurage – to warm the muscles, relieve tissue congestion and sooth the nerves.
- Friction - to break up inflammatory products, adhesions and scar tissue.
- Petrissage – to stimulate nerves, circulation and lymphatic drainage.
- Tapotement – striking of the tissues in rapid succession to stimulate circulation.