There are five basic strokes and /or styles of Swedish Massage:

  • Effleurage (sliding and gliding)
  • Petrisage (kneading)
  • Tapotement (rhythmic tapping)
  • Friction (with fibers or cross-fibers)
  • Vibration/Shaking

These five stroke methods are used to relieve anywhere from mild to intense, and the severity of each stroke reflects the amount of tightness held within the muscle to help alleviate:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Pain reduction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Stress management/reduction