Swedish Massage – Techniques
- Effleurage: long, soothing, stroking movements using the flat of the hand. These are often used to apply oil and as an important link between techniques.
- Petrissage: a number of movements which involve various ways of kneading, rolling and picking up the skin and muscles.
- Tapotement: percussion type movements which are fast and stimulating. They include cupping, hacking, pounding or pummeling. These sequences stimulate the blood circulation, tone and help strengthen skin and muscles and are useful in clearing lung congestion.
- Frictions: connective tissue massage that uses a penetrating movement of deep direct pressure to a particular site (often used to treat tendonitis).
Massage Therapy – What to expect
A 60 minute appointment is recommended for an initial visit.
The therapist will take a thorough medical history about past accidents, surgeries, medications, current concerns, and goals. If warranted the therapist will do a postural evaluation to determine which direction the treatments should proceed.
After the first consultation and treatment the therapist has a better understanding of the body and factors that contribute to the clients symptoms. They are then able to recommend a treatment plan and decide if massage therapy is the most appropriate course of action.
Massage therapy will address the following:
- Soft tissue
- Spine / skeleton
- Connective tissue
- Abdominal organs
- Preventative and corrective solutions.