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Massage Modalities

Acupressure
Acupuncture
Alexander
Aromatherapy
Ayurvedic
Colonic
Cranio-Sacral
Deep Tissue
Feldenkrais
Hot Stone
Lomi Lomi
Neuromuscular
Polarity
Posture Perfect
Pregnancy
Reflexology
Reiki
Rolfing
Shiatsu
Spa massage
Swedish
Thai
Thalassotherapy
Trager
Trigger Point
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An Introduction to
Swedish Massage

 

The technique of Swedish massage is the most well-known modality. Also called traditional massage, it uses rhythemic and flowing strokes to stimulate the system to relieve muscle tension and sore joints, and relax the mind and body.

Swedish massage therapists use five basic strokes, all flowing towards the heart, which anyone can learn and use on themselves and others.

The basic strokes are -

In the 1820s a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

This modality also improves circulation and can help lower blood pressure.  It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and well being.