Massage – Basic Swedish Techniques for the Leg

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional masseuse Jim Weiler demonstrates basic Swedish massage techniques for the leg.

    Jim Weiler

    I am Jim Weiler, the CO-owner of the Piedmont School of Professional Massage,Inc. in Woodbridge, VA. which was established in 1995. In addition to our 530 in class hour training program that leads to certification by the Board of Nursing we also have a very upscale 8 treatment room facility that offers massage therapy by our staff of 5 full time and 7 part time certified massage seven days a week. We also offer facials and are in the process of adding a wet treatment room in order to offer and provide body/salt & sugar scrubs for exfoliation, as well as various other hydrotherapy and spa treatments including but not limited to body wraps and mud bath applications. I have 12 years of teaching experience and 22 years of experience the massage therapy profession. I have worked in many different aspects of the profession,spas,resorts,clinics,doctors(MDs) as well as chiropractors(DCs) and out/housecalls. I have supervised the providing of massage therapy to the participants of the Marine Corp Marathon for the past 9 years and the Tim Harmon 5k run to benefit hepatitis research for the past 6 years, as well as various other athletic events. I have supervised students providing pre, post and remedial sports massage to the Potomac Nationals baseball team. I have provided & supervised the therapist to do on-site seated massage at Potomac Mills Mall on black Friday to raise money for Toys for Tots for the past 10 years and provided and supervised the therapist and students doing on-site seated massage at IKEA for the past 11 years, provided the therapist to do on-site seated massage for Georgetown Universities Nurse Appreciation week, as well as various other corporate, government agencies, private & public schools, for profit and nonprofit groups and many other charitable organizations. 2. In this video, professional Commonwealth of Virginia, Board of Nursing, certified massage therapist, Jim Weiler will demonstrate the proper body mechanics,stances,hand placement and techniques of classical Swedish/stress reduction massage. This video is designed for the lay person.

    Jim Weiler: Hi! This is Jim with Piedmont Therapeutic Massage in the Washington DC area, and were going to be demonstrating basic Swedish massage techniques. You have your partner set up on the table, and the supine or lying on their back position, and youre going to start by applying the lubricant, and when applying lubricant, its best to keep contact with the persons body and bring the lubricant to your hand, rather than your hand to the lubricant just provide additional flow and continuity to the massage.

    The terms that are used in Swedish massage are French in origin. The first technique is whats referred to as Effleurage or long flowing strokes. Effleurage is designed to increase circulation of both blood and lymph, pushing it through the tissues and back towards the heart, and you can see, I have the proper stance and I am using gravity, my body weight and body mechanics to do most of the work. When doing effleurage or any Swedish massage technique, do not be afraid or concerned about putting too much pressure on your partner.

    The next technique is whats referred to as petrissage and again I have the proper stance. My back is straight and Petrissage is also known as kneading. If any of you out there have worked with kneading dough or working with clay, you can probably better identify with this. There are variations of petrissage, which are referred to as wringing, which can be done with the thumbs, next to the hand or the thumbs spread out and away from the rest of the hand. It is best to always go back to your basic effleurage stroke in between all of the other technique that will be demonstrated today. Effleurage is your transition stroke.

    Next technique is a variation of Effleurage, and its referred to as spreading. This is done with the palms of the hands, going away from each other, compressing the muscles and the other soft tissue between your hands. This can be done with the palms of the hands, it can also be done with the knuckles or loose fist. Again, always transition back to your basic effleurage stroke.