Swedish Massage gives you a feeling of well-being through human touch
The four main effects of Swedish massage are:
Mechanical Effect – these are derived from using pressure, with the effect of bringing more blood and heat to the area being massaged.
Physiological Effect – these are the effect on the functioning of the tissues, including the improvement in drainage of venous blood and lymph, and the improvement in nutrition to all cells and tissues in the area; also elimination of toxins.
Psychological Effect – these include the ‘feel good’ factor with the reduction of pain and anxiety, improving the quality of life.
Reflex Effect – this effect involves the zone lines running through the body and reflex points. It also refers to the responses mediated by the nervous system, including stimulating effects (increasing muscle tone), calming effects (decreasing muscle tone).
Swedish massage includes four main movements:
Effleurage – stroking movement, which can be superficial or deep. The hands follow the contours of the body and movements should be smooth and in the direction of the venous blood and lymph flow. Even and rhythmic strokes should be used.
Friction – Friction is useful for breaking up inflammatory products and loosening adherent skin and breaking up scar tissue and adhesions. Small circular movements, working against the bone should be used using the thumb of finger (supported by other fingers). The muscle is moved against the bone.
Petrissage – This is split into several movements. Kneading (fish), pick up, pick up and squeeze, pick up and roll (fingers to thumbs and thumbs to fingers), wringing. Petrissage stimulates the nerves and accelerates venous and lymphatic circulation.
Tapotement – This involves striking the tissue in different ways to stimulate the tissues. It promotes the nutrition and development of wasted muscles. It is useful for athletes before an event as it improves circulation and is also used in respiratory disorders.