Long, gentle, gliding strokes used to shorten recovery time by flushing out lactic acid, uric acid, and metabolic waste from the muscle tissue. Swedish massage also improves blood circulation, tightens and tones the skin, and nervous system. It is suggested as a regular program for stress management.
On WebMD they describe Swedish Massage as so:
“The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
Four common strokes of Swedish massage are:
- Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
- Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
- Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
- Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.”
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