Swedish massage involves soft, long, kneading strokes and light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on the topmost layers of muscles, relieving muscle tension, increasing blood circulation, and reducing muscle injuries. In a Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil or lotion to minimize friction. It should not be painful to the recipient. It should be relaxing, stress-relieving, reducing muscle tension. It is a comfortable flow massage that improves the lymph system and blood circulation.
A Swedish physiologist who pioneered Swedish massage, Per Henrik Ling He developed a system called "Medical Gymnastics," which included a therapist's movements. These became known as "Swedish movements" to help improve muscle relaxation and sufficient blood flow. Johan Mezger adopted physical therapy and Swedish massage and came up with five massaging techniques, such as;
Effleurage-Circular stroking movements
Potential Benefits of Swedish massage
People who do not enjoy intense massages
For people who suffer from office syndrome, massage can help to release muscle tension.
People with repetitive activities, such as standing, sitting, walking around the office all day.
For athletes or people who exercise regularly, massage can release muscle tension and prevent further injuries.
Cancer and heart disease patients can also get a medium massage. The risk of compromise is low, as long as they are under a doctor's supervision.