The most commonly referred to type of massage is in fact Swedish Massage. These types of massages usually begin with Effleurage strokes where the therapist performs long gliding strokes to spread lubricant and to help assess the body part/parts. Petrissage is another technique used to lift and squeeze muscles to promote the elimination of toxins lodged in the deep tissue. Friction strokes are used to increase heat, which helps bring blood to an area. The heat generated also helps ligaments, muscles, and muscle attachments become more flexible. Tapotement involves gentle pounding on the muscles using cupped hands, fists, or the “karate chop” side of the hands. Vibration can also be used to either help invigorate or further relax the person being worked on.
Students will be evaluated on their proficiency of each of the strokes and will also do a final evaluation. For the final evaluation students must demonstrate their ability to do a complete intake interview, perform proper draping, and administer the 5 stokes of Swedish Massage in one smooth flowing treatment.