Massage Modalities: Swedish

massage with oilIn massage therapy school, you will learn about different types (modalities) of massage. And as you excitedly share all your newfound knowledge with friends and family, you’ll probably realize that the modality they are most familiar with is Swedish—it is the most well-known massage modality among those not in the profession.
At Finger Lakes School of Massage you will learn the Swedish massage technique of applying light pressure on the muscles and connective tissues of the body using long strokes, circular pressure, kneading, tapping, bending, and stretching.

6 Strokes of Swedish Massage:
Effleurage: smooth strokes used to relax soft tissue
Petrissage: squeezing, rolling, or kneading strokes
Friction: the use of deep, circular movements to cause layers of tissue to rub against each other
Tapotement: tapping done with cupped hands, fingers, or outer edge of the hands
Compression: full-handed pressure reinforced by therapist applying their weight
Vibration: the shaking or jostling of specific muscles or muscle groups

Although it can be said that massage therapy clients who seek Swedish massage treatments are primarily interested in relaxation, Swedish massage can also improve circulation, help the body to release toxins, and improve range of motion, and some clients will seek Swedish massage for relief from muscular aches and pains.
Studies, such as this one in the New York Times , show that Swedish massage also reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases levels of white blood cells, the cells which help our bodies fight infections and disease.
To learn more about the modalities we teach at Finger Lakes School of Massage, check out our course descriptions page or give us a call at 1-888-222-FLSM (3576).

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