Traditional Swedish Massage uses five main strokes, and many variations, to achieve its relaxing and healing effects. Many therapists use a variety of techniques.
This consists of long, gliding strokes from the neck down to the base of the spine or from the shoulder down to the fingertips. When done on the limbs, all strokes are toward the heart to aid blood and lymphatic flow. It is done with the whole hand or the thumb pads. Effleurage is designed to acquaint the therapist with his or her subject’s body and vice versa.
This involves gently lifting muscles up and away from the bones, then rolling and squeezing them, again with a gentle pressure. It generally involves kneading and compression motions – rolling, squeezing, or pressing the muscles to enhance deeper circulation. Petrissage attempts to increase circulation with clearing out toxins from muscle and nerve tissue.
This is the most penetrating of the strokes, and consists of deep circular or transverse movements made with the thumb pads or fingertips. The therapist applies deep, circular movement near joints and other bony areas (such as the sides of the spine). Friction breaks down adhesions, which are knots that result when muscle fibers bind together during the healing process, thus contributing to more flexible muscles and joints.
This consists of a series of briskly applied percussive movements, using the hands alternately to strike or tap the muscles for an invigorating effect. There are many variations on this stroke. It may be applied with the edge of the hand, with the tips of the fingers, or with a closed fist. Tapotement attempts to release tension and cramping from muscles in spasm.
Vibration or Shaking
This involves the therapist pressing his or her hands on the back or limbs, and rapidly shaking for a few seconds. It boosts circulation and increases the power of the muscles to contract. Vibration is particularly helpful to people suffering from low-back pain.
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Acupressure is a Traditional Chinese Medicine bodywork technique based on the system and principles of acupuncture to balance the body’s inner workings. Light touch is used as prevention and treatment for many health conditions including headaches, chronic pain, colds and flu, arthritis, nervous tension, allergies, asthma, and emotional imbalance, among much more. Acupressure points are also used to increase energy and feelings of wellbeing, reduce stress, and stimulate the nervous system.
Biomagnetic Pair Therapy
Biomagnetism is an integrative, complimentary, and holistic therapy that uses magnets to relax the nervous system and facilitate the elimination of pathogens, toxins, and stress. This revolutionary technique empowers the body to overcome the root cause of disease and return to a natural and optimal state of health.
Muscle testing is used to access the body’s bioelectric system and open a dialogue to determine the source of physical, mental, and emotional imbalances; all of which are opportunities to heal. Biomagnetic pairs are placed and neurological techniques are performed to allow the body to reorganize and naturally heal itself.
Biomagnetic Pair Therapy is helpful for those suffering from immune system dysfunction, nervous system imbalance, hormonal imbalance, emotional instability, chronic pain, inflammation, traumatic brain injuries, autoimmune diseases, pathogenic diseases, migraines, brain fog, and much more.