Leslie Christensen Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Swedish Massage


One of the most popular styles of massage therapies is Swedish massage. It is the most common massage offered in spas. While the basic movements of Swedish massage can be most relaxing and nurturing for mind and body, they can also be performed in such a way as to leave the client feeling energized and invigorated.

Swedish massage was originally attributed to Peter Ling (1776-1837), a Swede. However, Robert Calvert, the founder of Massage Magazine, claims that it actually came from Dutch practitioner Johan Mezger, who systematized the basic strokes that we know as Swedish massage today.

Swedish Massage increases one’s flexibility and mobility, relaxes the muscles, and helps flush the body’s tissues, increasing circulation. Many clients report reduction in stress, anxiety and pain. A research study through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, provided evidence that, at the cellular level, this  massage therapy may affect inflammation in a way similar to anti-inflammatory medications.

There are five main Swedish Massage techniques.

  1. Effleurage incorporates long sweeping strokes that slide and glide over the body with the use of oil or lotions.
  2. Petrissage is a technique that kneads and squeezes the muscles that are compressed and released in a rhythmic fashion.
  3. Tapotement is a percussion technique delivered with the edge of the hand, fists or cupped hands. It is more invigorating, using fast and stimulating movements.
  4. Friction Massage can be done cross-fiber, in a circular motion or stripping.
  5. Vibration Massage technique is a back and forth shaking action on the muscles to loosen and relax. Depending on the speed and depth, this can be stimulating or relaxing. 


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Call: (512)459-0517     Email: lesliemaria@austin.rr.com