Swedish Massage

I am delighted to describe my experience with Diane because she is the most professional, experienced, and truly gifted massage therapist I have ever worked with. After many years as a psychotherapist, and consumer of massage, I recognize high quality health support. Diane manages to be focused and strategic while being very kind and gentle.

~ Byron Fiman, PhD

Swedish massage uses long, gliding strokes, kneading of specific muscles, friction, tapping, and vibrations. Because it targets more superficial layers of muscle tissue, Swedish massage is more appropriate for relaxation, although it can also ease muscle aches and improve flexibility.

There are several kinds of touching techniques used in Swedish massage. These include:

  • Effleurage or light stroking of surface muscles, usually towards the heart.
  • Petrissage or kneading of muscle tissue.
  • Tapotement or rhythmic tapping.
  • Friction or small circular strokes
  • Vibration or gently shaking areas of flesh.

Because it targets more superficial layers of muscle tissue, Swedish massage is more appropriate for relaxation, and firming skin tone, although it can also ease muscle aches and improve flexibility. Indeed, Swedish massage has been shown to reduce pain and joint stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Created in the 1800s, Swedish massage is also the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports and deep tissue massage.