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SPORTS THERAPY CONSISTS OF

SWEDISH  (RELAXATION MASSAGE)

Swedish massage uses five basic movements to increase circulation and remove toxins from the muscles. Always working towards the heart, I incorporates these techniques into a flowing massage session that leaves you physically and emotionally relaxed. In Swedish massage the main stroke  is Effleurage , these are long gliding strokes that can be firm or soft, depending on purpose and client. I tend to start out a session with Effleurage  to familiarize myself with the client, and then start to bring more pressure to bear for deeper work.


Swedish
 massage also includes Petrissage, or kneading. Petrissage is designed to release toxins from the muscles by lifting, separating, and rolling them. Gentle pressure is used to compress and relax the muscles, and enhance circulation.

Another
technique I employ is,
Tapotement
this involves tapping the muscles with a percussive stroke. The side of the hand, fingers, or palm may be used to release tension and cramping. Another technique I incorporate is vibration, this is a technique added to the Swedish massage repertoire. I will place my hands centrally on the back of a limb holding the muscle gently away from the bone and shake it briskly for several seconds to release tension, encourage circulation, and help muscles to contract.


The deepest work in Swedish massage is accomplished with
friction, where I will work deep into the muscles with the fingers, elbow, or base of the palm. Using circular movements especially in bony areas releases muscle adhesions which can restrict movement. It also enhances flexibility and muscular tension