Do you know what Swedish massage really is?
Elements Massage Campbell - Martha Nov 2, 2014
Swedish massage is a useful tool in many therapists' tool box for relieving tension, stress, depression, and sore muscles. A therapist can assess an individual client's needs and target musculature requiring release by making use of five signature strokes: effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, and vibration. Each movement carries with it a range of benefits that can prove an asset to a client's over-all well being. Effleurage, a gliding stroke, is used to relax soft tissues as well as move lymphatic fluid. This movement is also used to open and close each area of the massage. Petrissage, a kneading stroke, often follows effleurage and reaches deeper into the tissues to move tissues away from other structures. Tapotement, a tapping or percussive stroke, has been known to increase circulation, tone muscle, and even remove fatty deposits. Friction, a circular or transverse stroke that focuses on a small, specific area, causes layers of tissue to rub against each other, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions. Vibration, a rapid trembling stroke, works to improve muscle tone and lymphatic flow in addition to loosening scar tissue. These movements work together, under a therapist's knowledgeable hands, to improve a client's mental and physical state.