Treatments with Tara Mayer

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage, sometimes referred to as general Swedish massage or classic massage, is a collection of techniques pioneered in the 19th century by a Swedish fencing instructor and phys. ed. teacher named Per Ling.  His massage therapy techniques were systemized by Johan Mezger, a Dutch physician, and became very popular.  They now form the basis of western massage techniques, and are commonly associated with relaxational massage. 

Swedish massage techniques include:

Swedish massage techniques are used mainly to release muscle tensions, relieve pain and improve blood circulation. In order to increase the blood circulation, the movement of the techniques are generally performed in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Increased blood flow increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients the body's cells receive, and flushes metabolic wastes from the tissue.  This promotes the ideal conditions for the body to heal itself from injuries such as muscle strains.

Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, by influencing the nervous system, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management. It very relaxing, and simply feels good.

Non-Swedish Techniques

As time passed, and massage therapy became more popular and developed in the west, more techniques were added to the therapists' repertoire of Swedish techniques. These techniques greatly expanded the clinical uses of massage therapy in treating specific conditions in a medical or remedial therapy.

Common Non-Swedish techniques used in western massage therapy include: