Swedish massage is a western form of massage using kneading and gliding strokes with lubricant (usually oil) to increase blood and lymph flow. French terms are used to denote techniques. "Petrissage" is used to warm up the muscles with a kneading action, "Effleurage" a gliding technique for warming up or flushing the the area, "Tapotement" (also called percussion) a striking action for separating adhesions and cross-linkages, and "Friction" rubbing for specific tissue release usually using the thumbs. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. The massage aims at directing strokes towards the heart and increases circulation without increasing heart load.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management
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