Four Types of Swedish Massage Therapy

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There are four major types of Swedish massage therapy. Discover what they are with tips from a professional massage therapist in this free video on the four types of Swedish massage therapy.

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Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Massage Therapy, and today we're going to talk about four types of Swedish massage. The four types of Swedish massage we're going to talk about today are effleurage, petrissage, cross-fiber friction and tapotement. Effleurage is mainly the type of stroke that's use for applying oil and long gliding strokes that soothes, strengthen and lengthen and gliding relax. Now, petrissage is more of the kneading stroke where you lift up the tissue and you're kneading and lifting and separating the tissue. And then, we have cross-fiber friction, which is just what it says. You're going to cross the fibers of the muscles. So, if the muscles run this way, you're going to run your hands and do the fiber friction the opposite way. That helps break up adhesions and let things relax a little bit more on a deeper level. And then, you have tapotement, and tapotement is that vibrating work that you see that helps relaxing on a deeper level. You have different types of tapotement. You can use your fist, you can use your fingers and you can use the palms of your hand as a slapping type tapotement. There are different types of ways to do it and there are even tools that you can buy to do it for you which are really nice to have also. So, those are the four different types of massage for Swedish that you want to use, effleurage, petrissage, cross-fiber friction and tapotement.

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