Popular Styles of Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy and Bodywork has a wide history ranging from thousands of years old to very modern modalities. The following are common forms of massage and bodywork that are seen on spa menus and in private practices around the world.
Swedish massage is an American term for classic, or traditional, therapeutic massage. This style of massage uses lotions or oils and, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, uses four strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement. Swedish massage was introduced by Per Heinrik Ling (1776-1839) in the early 1800s; Ling was from Sweden, hence the name.
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