Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage


The most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage is Swedish massage. Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous. 


Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are sliding or gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction, and vibration or shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness and improving function in patient with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of 8 weeks.


Clinical studies that Swedish massage can effectively reduce lower back pain and the effectiveness can last for as long as 15 weeks. One study reported that Swedish massage caused reduction in salivary cortisol indicating its role in management of stress and improvement in mood. 


Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefit of massage include pain relief, reduced trait anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and state of anxiety, Additional testing has shown an immediate increase and expedited recovery periods for muscle performance. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking niciception and activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep.