In Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. The five main techniques used in Swedish massage — stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or pounding; vibration. The various Swedish massage techniques are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.
Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:
Afterwards, you’ll feel relaxed, so give yourself plenty of time to unwind. Savour the feeling of having every muscle in your body gently stretched and smoothed out.