Traditional or Swedish Massage
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading),tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes.The term “Swedish” massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called “classic massage”.
The Traditional Swedish Massage is normally used as a relaxation technique, in most cases at The Vitality Institute Inc., it is used as a connective modality to incorporate neuro-muscular, trigger point, myofascial release, acupressure and further modalities that have deeper healing power.