Wringing is what type of Swedish massage?

(May 16, 2013)

Massage therapy is gaining a lot of popularity in today’s world, with people of all ages. The Swedish massage is well known. Masseuses that specialize in this therapy use long strokes in the direction of the heart. A Swedish massage is aimed at improving the blood flow.

Wringing is what type of Swedish massage?

Wringing is not a type of Swedish massage; it is a part of a Swedish massage technique. There are five basic stroke techniques that characterize this massage therapy. These include –

  • Effleurage: Stretches the muscles and promotes relaxation using a wide range of smoothing and sweeping strokes.
  • Petrissage: Relieves knotted muscles and promotes cell repair of body tissues, through movements like lifting, kneading, rolling and wringing.
  • Friction: Generates heat in the body and drives the healing properties of the essential oils into the body, using circular or transverse motions.
  • Percussion or Tapotement: Stimulates the nerves and muscles, utilizing techniques like tapping, cupping, plucking, hacking, pounding, shaking and pummeling.
  • Vibration: Releases the tension in the muscles being worked on, through rocking, shaking and trembling movements.

While performing the wringing movement the Swedish massage therapist will press a soft tissue against its core structure, before lifting it. Then, the tissue will be pulled away from its structure, with the fingers of one hand. The masseuse will use the thumb of the other hand to gently push the tissue back towards its core structure.

Submitted by R J on May 16, 2013 at 07:15

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