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Swedish Massage Defined

Contrary to popular belief, Swedish Massage was not created by anyone from Sweden.  The History of Swedish massage by Robert Calvert describes where Swedish massage came from.

Swedish Massage is one of the most basic techniques that are taught to professional massage therapists.  The focus of Swedish massage is general relaxation, stimulation of circulation, enhancing muscle tone and is also therapeutic in reducing muscle tightness.  A good Swedish massage therapist will know how to apply the basic techniques to most any condition, injury or situation.

The basic techniques of Swedish massage are Effleurage, Pettrissge, Tapotement, Vibration, nerve strokes and Swedish gymnastics.  A chart summarizing the strokes and what they do can be found here.

It somehow has become the standard place to start but is by no means the end.  There are hundreds of different types of massage.  

Finding a therapist who does Swedish Massage is not difficult. If you are looking for a massage therapist who does Swedish massage, most everyone who went to massage school knows Swedish massage and then some.  

If you want to learn Swedish Massage, you can check out the book section or find out more about going to massage therapy school to become a professional massage therapist.  


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