What is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage is defined by four or five techniques, which have French names: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic choppings), and friction (rubbing). Some therapists now incorporate advanced techniques that have rehabilitating effects and stretches for improving your range of motion. But the ultimate goal of Swedish massage is relaxation. As the default Western massage, Swedish massage is an extremely popular simple, soothing therapy. If a long spa treatment menu is overwhelming you, choose Swedish massage – you won’t regret it!
Swedish Massage: Know Before You Go
Swedish massage is typically the most popular treatment at spas, and it’s for good reason. Perfect for first-time spa-goers, Swedish massage will help to release neck knots and soothe nerves. Traditional Swedish massage, “classical massage,” consists mainly of long strokes over oiled skin and kneading of the outer layers of muscle tissue to reduce stress and soothe sore joints and muscles. Studies have shown that Swedish massage relaxes the nervous system, aids circulation, and helps with detoxification.
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