As one of the most popular modalities, Swedish massage is a gentle approach to the art of massage that can help induce relaxation, introduce a variety of massage movements to release stress and tension, and is a great way to help you achieve a harmonious health and wellness balance.
At Elements Piney Creek, we practice this therapeutic form of massage to deliver you results. With a rich history based in Western concepts of both anatomy and physiology, there are several different movements associated with this form of massage:
Known as the long sweeping strokes, similar to gliding or sliding, effleurage moves between a light and firm application of pressure to aid in breaking up muscle tension.
A kneading motion utilizing the thumb and knuckles to work the tissues of the body, this movement helps prepare your body to receive the other techniques involved in any Swedish massage.
This rhythmic tapping is key in relaxing and reenergizing your muscles.
With friction comes heat and the heat produced by vigorously rubbing hands on skin warms the muscles and aids in relaxation.
By using a back and forth action of the fingertips across the skin and the side of the hands to apply a vibration through shaking, this technique loosens the muscles and helps promote the release of tension and stress.
As an effective way to relieve emotional and physical stress, Swedish massage boasts a range of benefits including enhancing flexibility, reducing joint stiffness or pain, and boosting blood circulation. Talk to one of our massage therapists today about booking yourself a Swedish massage appointment!