One of the most common Western style massage modalities is Swedish Massage. At Denver Integrative Massage School, our 600-hr CMT program focuses on this form of Western -style massage, along with Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release.
Swedish Massage or “Classic Massage” as it is sometimes referred to, was developed by Per Henrik Ling a physical therapist and focuses on the Western ideas of anatomy and physiology. There is a specific order in which the massage therapist works. This style increases oxygenation of blood and releases metabolic waste, such as lactic and uric acid. It can be especially beneficial to athletes, who often have a build-up of lactic acid in overworked muscles. In addition, Swedish Massage improves circulation and flexibility.
Johann Mezger took the basic ideas of Swedish Massage and created more formalized methods and language to describe the techniques used. During a Swedish massage session, specific movements are used to create a different affect to reach deep tissue. This particular type of massage is characterized by long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood flowing to the heart. The therapist will also use circular pressure applied by hands and palms, firm kneading of muscles and percussive like tapping, bending and stretching.
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