Swedish Massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish doctor in the 18th century. It is composed of several techniques, Effleurage (gliding), Petrissage (kneading or squeezing), Friction (across the muscle fibers), Tapotement (rhythmic percussion) and Vibration. During the majority of a Swedish session Christopher uses the Effleurage, Petrissage and Friction.
Effleurage is especially relaxing and lends itself to long integrative strokes. Pressure varies with the client’s needs, part of the body being worked on and personal preference.
- Improves and stimulates circulation and reduces blood pressure
- Helps flush toxins from the muscles thereby promoting healing of tissue
- Relaxes and refreshes
- Reduces stress and increases sense of well-being
- Increases flexibility