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Swedish massage is one of the most common and best-known type of massages. It is developed in the 18th century in Sweden, based on Western concept of body anatomy and physiology compared to the more energy-centric style of Asian massage concept. A variety of strokes and pressure techniques are used to enhance the flow of blood to the heart, stretch ligaments and tendons, ease physical and emotional tension, remove toxins from muscles and ultimately energise the body.
Swedish massage is gentle, and uses a combination of five basic techniques which are effleurage (long gliding strokes with palms, thumbs and fingertips), petrissage (kneading, rolling, squeezing and lifting movements), tapotement (tapping), vibration (rapid movement using hands), and friction (strong, rapid, circular movement). Deep pressure is applied to a particular spot to increase blood flow to the area. The therapist uses firm but gentle pressure to compress and relax muscles. The strokes are always flowing to the direction of the heart. Usage of oil is frequently needed to reduce friction.
Swedish massage is therapeutic and helpful in reducing pain, ease muscle tension, joint stiffness and overall stress. It is designed to relax the muscles and helps in increasing flexibility by stretching the ligaments and tendons. It improves circulation and helps flush the uric and lactic acid in body tissues and other metabolic waste.