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What are the strokes of Swedish massage?

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Four common strokes of Swedish massage are:

  • Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
  • Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
  • Friction: deep, circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue
  • Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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