Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839), a Swedish Fencing Master is credited with the development of Swedish massage in the early Nineteenth century. Per Ling was appointed as a fencing master at the University in Lund, Sweden in 1805 when poor health forced him to return to Sweden after traveling for seven years abroad. After extensive fencing and gymnastic workouts, Ling noticed that the pains in his joints, specifically gout in his elbow, were significantly reduced.
Ling found that his daily exercises had completely restored his bodily health, and he decided to apply this experience for the benefit of others. He saw the potential for adapting these techniques to promote better health and began attended classes on anatomy and physiology, and went through the entire curriculum for the training of a doctor. He then elaborated a system of gymnastics, exercises and maneuvers, which carried out his theories and would demonstrate the required occidental scientific rigor to be integrated or approved by established medical practitioners.
Swedish Massage is a type of full body massage incorporating the techniques of effleurage (long, gliding strokes), petrissage (lifting and kneading the muscles), friction (firm, deep, circular rubbing movements), tapotement (brisk tapping or percussive movements), and vibration (rapidly shaking or vibrating specific muscles). Swedish massage is usually considered a light, relaxing, stress relief type of massage which can be given 2-3 times a week if necessary.
Different massage strokes in Swedish massage can have various effects on the body. For example, even though the movements in Swedish massage are generally light and relaxing, if the therapist performs effleurage strokes up the limbs toward the heart this can slightly raise the blood pressure. Strokes away from the heart can temporarily lower the blood pressure. Other benefits of Swedish massage include: improved function of the lymph system, relaxation and a general feeling of well being after the massage.
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