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{youtube}jeINPGhg_oA{/youtube}What is Swedish massage - it's the most common and best-known type of massage technique. If it's your first time, Swedish body massage is the perfect to experience. It is a gentle, rhythmic massage that is very good to relax soft body tissue and facilitate healing. Swedish massage is lighter in touch than other forms of massage techniques and includes long flowing strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on more superficial layers of the muscles. It can loosen stiff joints, reduce muscle tension, and help clear nasal or chest congestion. Also Swedish massage style and experience depends on what style client prefer or he wants to achieve.


Swedish Massage Video

Swedish massage video above demonstrates basic movements and techniques including Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction and Percussion movements performed on the back. Please note that Swedish massage individually tailored varies depending on health conditions, needs, preferences, etc.

Swedish Massage: What to Expect

Before the massage the therapist will ask you about any injuries or other conditions that therapist should know about. Things you should tell the therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, illness, pregnancy, etc. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. Despite Swedish massage can sooth and help with many conditions it is advisable prior receiving massage to consult with your GP. The massage is absolutely contradicted if a client is affected by alcohol or any type drug, feverish, recently underwent operation, has recent fracture/s, suffers from cancer and in other reasonable understood cases.

After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table - face down, and underneath the towel. During Swedish massage underneath the towel client generally wears underpants, the therapist uncovers only the part of the body she is working on at a time.

Swedish massage generally starts on your back by lubricating the skin with hot oil and performing Effleurage (gliding) strokes that warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesion.Then continue with other Swedish massage techniques that include , kneading, friction and stretching. Tapping massage technique is used at the end of massage. Swedish massage techniques sequence is the same for all parts of the body, though the type of strokes used varies. After back massage is finished, therapist continues the back of each leg with the same .

When done with the back side, therapist holds the sheet or towel up and looks away while you turn over onto your back and scoot down; then quickly covers you again. The therapist then massages the front of each leg, both arms, and generally finishes with your neck and shoulders.

If you only have 1 hour you can also ask them to spend more time on a certain area. If the pressure is too light or too firm, you should speak up and ask the therapist to adjust it.