Swedish Massage

Swedish massage was developed in the 1700's by a Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling. The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques  developed by Dr. Ling specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage is the most common form of massage therapy used in America. 

Swedish massage is the most commonly known style when referring to massage and tends to be the basis of other western styles.  It uses a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying light, moderate or deep pressure while increasing circulation and releasing toxins from the muscles.  Swedish massage is typically characterized by the use of six basic strokes; Effleurage, Petrissage, Vibration, Friction, and Tapotement, as well as passive stretching while providing relief from tension and stress in the body.

Effleurage consists of long, gliding, sweeping strokes administered with hands (both open palm and fists) and forearms. These strokes are smoothing strokes used for spreading lotion or oil on the body and to help the therapist evaluate muscle tension. As the pressure of the strokes increase, they provide a stretch to the muscles, thus allowing the client to relax.
Petrissage is typified by kneading, rolling, wringing and lifting strokes, which help free up knotted and bound muscles and soft tissue, stimulate nerve endings, and aid in increasing circulation, that in turn promotes cell repair and regeneration.
Friction is a warming stroke designed to both quickly generate heat, in preparation for deeper work, and as a way to effectively drive the therapeutic, healing properties of plant-based essential oils into the body. This stroke can be done by rubbing back and forth along the length of the muscle or across it by either using wringing motion or small circular movements.
Tapotement is characterized as a percussion stroke in which the hand action rhythmically stimulates nerves, muscles, and circulation. The hand position can be cupped or with palms flat, or it can be with fingers interlocked in either a palms together position or in soft fists. Used in chair massage and Shiatsu as well as Swedish massage, Tapotement strokes often signal the end of the previous stroke sequence and prepare the client to change from being positioned face down on the massage table to being face up.
Vibration refers to rocking, shaking and trembling movements applied to one limb or to the entire body. These movements, which can be done slowly or rapidly, are designed to reverberate through the surrounding tissues in order to break postural holding patterns and to facilitate a momentary release of tension in the muscle being worked on.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to improve circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues without producing a large load on the heart. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain and reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints by flushing the tissues of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes. Ligaments and tendons are gently stretched helping to relieve muscular tension and pain while increasing flexibility and mobility. Swedish massage simultaneously stimulates the skin and soothes the nerves.  It reduces both emotional and physical stress, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. Swedish massage is very beneficial for many specific medical conditions such as Fibromyalgia and can help improve sleep quality.

Our massage therapists apply various massage oils, lotions, gels and/or creams to your body using long, smooth gliding strokes, kneading and other movements focused on the superficial layers of muscle, fascia, ligaments and tendons. Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and well being.