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Swedish Massage (Relaxation Massage)

Per Hendrick Ling (1776 – 1839) of Sweden developed a method of massage and medical gymnastics which became universally known through his published theories of massage and movement, and through foreign students studying at the Central Institute of Stockholm from 1813. Today, we refer to most ‘standard’ massage as Swedish massage or relaxation massage. The stroke names of effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), friction, and tapotement ('percussion') have become associated with the basic techniques as first illustrated by Ling.


Sourced from: Massage New Zealand

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