Swedish Massage

Although exotic sounding, Swedish massage is the most common type of massage performed. Developed by Pehr Henrick Ling, who based it on the movements of Swedish gymnasts, it can be a very relaxing session, but can also be therapeutic.

Swedish massage is usually the first style of taught in most schools. It is a great beginning point for students to learn to touch a client, and develop pressures and movements. This is actually the basis for most of what they learn later.

This style of massage can be very relaxing as it uses long strokes (Effleurage) and kneading (Petrissage) to make a person feel good. The long strokes are very relaxing, and the kneading of the muscles just plain old feels good. These things allow a person to relax and release tension while they are being worked on.

Although the primary function of a Swedish massage is relaxation, it can be therapeutic, working on problem areas, removing knots, helping pulled muscles. What changes in the transition is the pressure and the depth of the strokes. A light, medium, or firm touch combined with nice long flowing movements is relaxing. Adding more pressure and working problem areas fairly deeply helps remove those problems and bring someone back to full health. Deep tissue work can be performed to alleviate specific problems such as pulled muscles or sore backs, as well as other problems the client might have.

In many cases, a massage can be a combination of styles, but the most common elements are strokes from Swedish massage. Caring Palms generally combines styles like Lomi Lomi into what we call an integrative massage session giving the client relaxation and deep therapeutic work in one session.

Although Swedish massage is the most common style, each therapist does it differently. At that point you choose the person that you feel does it best.