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Deb Fennell, MT
75 Grandview Dr
North Attleboro, MA
(508) 399-5205
Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage was introduced in Sweden by Peter Henrik Ling as a combination of passive movements and gymnastics. This is the most recognizable form of massage in the United States.

Key Benefits

  • Stress Reduction and Relaxation
  • Reduction of Muscle Tension and Discomfort
  • Increased Circulation
  • Increased Range of Motion

Swedish massage is a soothing mixture of different types of strokes on the skin with a light application of oil. The client is draped with a full length towel during the treatment with each area uncovered only as needed. The strokes used are described below:

Effleurage strokes are a succession of firm and light strokes that follow the anatomical outline of the body. These strokes increase circulation, relieve fatigue, improve nutrition to tissues, warm up muscles for deeper work and soothe and sedate the muscle through the autonomic nervous system.

Petrissage strokes remove waste products from the muscle by raising skin and muscular tissues from their ordinary position and then squeezing, rolling, and pinching the tissue with firm pressure. These strokes also free adhesions on the muscles and assist in the contraction of weak muscles.

Direct Pressure is a static pressure hold of a specific point on a muscle, tendon, or ligament. The benefits of this type of stroke are increased circulation, stimulation of a trigger point, and relief from muscle hypertonia.

Compression strokes spread the muscle fibers against the bone to increase circulation, relieve fatigue, and improve nutrition to the tissues.

Tapotement is a rhythmical striking of the body with the hands or fingers. These strokes improve tactile sensation, increase blood flow to superficial vessels, causes vascular dilation (prolonged stimulation), or contraction of vessels (moderate and gentle pressure), and aids in relieving muscle atrophy.

Friction strokes are performed by small, circular movements which penetrate into the depth of tissues. These strokes aid in limbering up joints, tendons, and muscles, freeing adhesions, improve nutrition, relieve intestinal congestion, break up deposits, and aid in removal of waste.


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