Say the word ‘massage’ and probably the first thing that comes to mind is the Swedish version-long, languid strokes upon a well-oiled body. Developed by 19th Century Swedish athlete Per Henrik Ling, this extremely popular method, often referred to as ‘classic massage’, forms the basis of all techniques that later evolved in the west.
Swedish massage essentially employs the kind of techniques that you might use to give a loved one a back rub. Slow, rhythmic hand movements like smooth gliding strokes; chopping with sides of the palm; tapping with fingers; and kneading tired or knotted muscles as well as passive movements such as foot rotation and leg bends are all employed till the accumulated kinks and stress just seem to melt away. As the strength of this massage can be varied, it is the perfect choice for first-timers. Some strokes are dep and calming, while others are invigorating and forceful. For those who are new to massage, they will prefer Swedish massage. Other than its soothing qualities, Swedish massage also stimulates blood circulation and helps eliminate toxins, further contributing to an overall sense of well-being.