Swedish Massage in Tulsa OK – What is Swedish Massage?
What is a Swedish Massage?
Swedish Massage is the most requested type of a full body massage and a great place to start. While this massage has health benefits, the massage therapist will probably go slower and avoid deeper work that could be at all uncomfortable. During Swedish massage, therapists use massage oils or lotions to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes over your entire body. 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.The development of Swedish massage is often inaccurately 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 actually only recognized in English, Québécois or Dutch speaking countries. Elsewhere the style is referred to as “classic massage”.
What are the benefits of a Swedish Massage?
A Swedish massage is good if you need to relax and are sensitive to pain, or if you had a lot of deep work done the day before at a spa that offers daily massage. 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.
How is a Swedish Massage done?
When you arrive at the spa you will be accompanied to a changing area where you will remove all your clothing and put on a comfortable robe. A foot bath will be normally offered before the massage to help you relax and discuss any needs with your therapist. The therapist then will take you to a room and you will lay down on a massage table face down first. The therapist will work on your muscles literally from “head-to-toes” and will ask you to turn over in order to continue work on your muscles better accessible when you are on your back.