Swedish MassageSwedish Massage is the most common type of massage in the West and the most versatile as it can be slow and gentle of fast and vigorous, with a variation of different techniques, depending on the person's desired outcome. Swedish Massage uses a variety of stroking, kneading, pressure, percussion or flowing movements over the body to treat and prevent a huge variety of ailments within the muscle fibres, tendons, ligaments, joints, and connective tissues or can simply be used for deep relaxation or detoxification, to name a few.
The therapist will discuss with you your reasons for seeking massage during a consultation and then apply the massage strokes according to your specific needs. For example, if you have tired aching muscles then a firmer pressure may be applied, but if you require stress relief and relaxation then a gentler technique will be used.
The movements used will warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. If you have a lot of adhesions (knots) then you may benefit from a more focused deep tissue massage, where the therapist will focus on the areas that specifically require attention as opposed to a general all over massage.