Deep (impacts all muscles well) and pleasant to the client, this massage has both healing and relaxing effects. The main purpose of the Swedish massage is to increase the supply of oxygen to the bloodstream and release toxins from the muscles. This full-body massage gives a feeling of deep relaxation, stimulates blood circulation, improves joint flexibility, and relieves muscle tension. The Swedish massage technique comprises the following 5 basic massage approaches:
Stroking: initial movements intended for the specialist to familiarise with the client’s body, as well as to calm down client’s nervous system and prepare the client for the next steps.
Kneading: pressing, lifting and releasing respective muscle groups. This method resembles exercise because it forces the muscles to contract. Such movements apply to the muscles that need an increase in the muscle tone. Kneading also stimulates the central nervous system.
Rubbing: performed with fingers, base of the palms, forearms, elbows.
Vibration: refers to the rapid movements applied to individual muscle groups, i.e. “knocking” with the upper side of the palm, with the tips of the fingers, or with the half bent palm. These movements activate the circulation of blood.
Passive movements: stretching of various muscle groups, which helps to release the joints and gives flexibility to the body.