Swedish Massage

This is probably the type of massage that comes to mind when you think of massage, and with good reason! Swedish massage is the most recognized and commonly used form of massage.

Swedish massage technique can range from light to vigorous, and typically consists of 5 types of strokes:

  • Effleurage (sliding or gliding)
  • Petrissage (kneading)
  • Tapotement (rhythmic tapping)
  • Friction (with fibres)
  • Vibration/Shaking

At Great Bear Spa, we use Swedish Massage for clients who need help reducing pain or joint stiffness, and to improve function in patients with arthritis.

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