SPORTS THERAPY CONSISTS OF
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
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