Swedish massage is the best-known and most popular type of massage in Western countries. Other Western massages like sports massage, deep tissue massage, and aromatherapy massage are derived from it.
During this type of massage, the therapist will use a variety of strokes: effleurage (stroking), friction (rubbing), petrissage (kneading), and tapotement (rhythmic tapping). The therapist will use oils to lubricate the skin, and they will begin and end the massage with effleurage. The massage will help warm up the muscles and break up adhesions or knotted muscles. The therapist will typically work on the whole body, and the strokes will go in the same direction as the patient’s blood.
Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve pain, increase circulation of both lymph fluid and blood, and help the client sleep better. By stimulating the client’s circulation, Swedish massage helps the body get rid of toxins like uric acid and lactic acid.
Some people get Swedish massage and deep tissue massage confused. Deep tissue massage is a technique derived from Swedish massage. The therapist, however, will increase the pressure in order to reach muscles and other tissues deep beneath the skin.
Deep tissue massage is often used to treat chronic pain caused by tight muscles or minor injuries. It can help improve a patient’s range of motion and/or posture after an injury. A skilled therapist can provide the sensation that comes with releasing tension without inflicting pain.
Hot stone massage is yet another derivative of Swedish massage, and the therapist may use techniques from Swedish massage or deep tissue massage. As the name suggests, smooth and sterilized hot stones are also used. The therapist will place the stones on parts of the patient’s body. The heat from the stones will help relax the patient’s muscles and enable the therapist to work more effectively.
In addition to the above techniques, Jon Ric International Health and Wellness also offers aromatherpay massage, the Jon Ric Signature Massage, pre and post natal massage, and reflexology. To learn more information about our massage therapy services, contact us today and book a consultation at our office in Edmond.