One of the most well-known massage techniques is Swedish massage. Also known as classic massage in Europe, Swedish massage techniques are the basis for many other types of Western massages, such as sports massage. It is an efficient system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. There are five basic strokes techniques that characterize Swedish Massage, all flowing toward the heart and used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Therapists use a combination of rolling, kneading, vibrational and tapping movements, along with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The kinds of strokes used are based upon the client’s needs and the therapist will determine the stroke sequence that will work best for each client. Usually, the pressure depends on the client’s preference.
The many benefits of Swedish massage may include flushing the body tissues of uric and lactic acid and other metabolic waste, breaking-up of scar tissue and improved circulation, which may speed healing and lessen swelling from injury. Swedish massage can also increase one’s flexibility because it stretches the ligaments and tendons. However, Swedish massage is specifically designed to relax the muscles.