Swedish & Non Swedish Techniques

Swedish Massage Therapy includes the techniques of:

  • Effleurage  Long, light strokes
  • Petrissage  Muscle squeezing, stripping, wringing, picking up, skin rolling and kneading
  • Vibrations  Oscillations to the tissue
  • Tapotement  Rhythmic/percussive movements.  F.Rattray/L.Ludwig

There are a host of popular and useful techniques that are not considered Sweedish Massage therapy.

Some of these Non-Sweedish Techniques include:

  • Static Pressure Techniques  e.g. trigger point release
  • Frictions  Disrupts and breaks down existing and forming adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments using compression and motion
  • Myofascial Release  Applying gentle sustained pressure into myofascial connective tissue restrictions to reduce pain and restore motion
  • Joint Mobilization Techniques  e.g. muscle energy, tractioning, joint play
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage  Lightly pumping lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic capillaries to increase lymph flow, decrease edema and pain, reducing fibrin which leads to scar tissue
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing  Deep breathing.   F.Rattray/L.Ludwig