is the most popular style of massage in the world. When you think of a massage where a client lies on a couch or bed and the massage therapist performs a massage using an oil and their hands to work on the clients skin then it will include some Swedish massage techniques. The term swedish massage dates back to the 19th Centuary and includes a system of "movements" that form the basis of Swedish massage.
During a massage treatment in our Glasgow clinic, you can often recognise the five classic swedish massage movements depending on what your body feels:-The therapist may start with Effleurage - by sliding or gliding their hands accross the body to relax and cover the area with oilThe may then use petrissage (or kneading) to work into areas, often larger muscle groups. The may use fingers, the heel of the hand or the fist.At some point you may feel the massage stroke speed up and the area become warm, the therapist is most likely using frictionIf you feel as if the therapist is shaking the areaathen this will be another swedish massage stroke - vibration/shaking.The final classic swedish massage technique is tapotment a rythmic tapping which when more vigourous may be referred to as hacking.
The different Swedish massage strokes are used at different times in the massage depending on what the therapist feels the clients body and muscles need.