Jane specialises in Swedish massage therapy, the best-known type of bodywork performed today. The Swedish massage technique is designed to relax the entire body. It’s a holistic therapy that treats the whole person and is useful for treating stress and stress-related conditions.
The skin is lubricated with oil and treated with one of four strokes:
- Effleurage a gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
- Petrissage squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows after 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
The physiological benefits of Swedish massage vary from short-term improvement of circulation, relieved muscle, lymphatic drainage and improved digestion to a long-term boost to immunity and lower blood pressure.