certified massage therapist Jim Weiler will demonstrate the proper body mechanics,stances,hand placement and techniques of classical Swedish/stress reduction massage.
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Jim Weiler: Hi! This is Jim with Piedmont Therapeutic Massage in the Washington DC area, and were going to be demonstrating basic Swedish massage techniques. You have your partner set up on the table, and the supine or lying on their back position, and youre going to start by applying the lubricant, and when applying lubricant, its best to keep contact with the persons body and bring the lubricant to your hand, rather than your hand to the lubricant just provide additional flow and continuity to the massage. The terms that are used in Swedish massage are French in origin. The first technique is whats referred to as Effleurage or long flowing strokes. Effleurage is designed to increase circulation of both blood and lymph, pushing it through the tissues and back towards the heart, and you can see, I have the proper stance and I am using gravity, my body weight and body mechanics to do most of the work. When doing effleurage or any Swedish massage technique, do not be afraid or concerned about putting too much pressure on your partner. The next technique is whats referred to as petrissage and again I have the proper stance. My back is straight and Petrissage is also known as kneading. If any of you out there have worked with kneading dough or working with clay, you can probably better identify with this. There are variations of petrissage, which are referred to as wringing, which can be done with the thumbs, next to the hand or the thumbs spread out and away from the rest of the hand. It is best to always go back to your basic effleurage stroke in between all of the other technique that will be demonstrated today. Effleurage is your transition stroke. Next technique is a variation of Effleurage, and its referred to as spreading. This is done with the palms of the hands, going away from each other, compressing the muscles and the other soft tissue between your hands. This can be done with the palms of the hands, it can also be done with the knuckles or loose fist. Again, always transition back to your basic effleurage stroke.