The most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage is the Swedish massage. The Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous. Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes.
The five basic strokes are 1. Effleurage (sliding or gliding) 2. Petrissage (kneading), 3. Tapotement (rhythmic tapping), 4. Friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and 5. Vibration/Shaking.
Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain,joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.
The development of Swedish massage is often inaccurately credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johann Georg Mezger applied the French terms to name the basic strokes. The term “Swedish” massage is actually only recognized in English and Dutch speaking countries, and in Hungary. Elsewhere the style is referred to as “classic massage”.
Here at Asian Foot Massage 7 we provide a full Swedish Massage session that will leave you relaxed and feeling brand new. Please contact us or book an appointment on our site.