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Quezon City . Davao City 2010


Dear Valuable Reader, Thank you for taking time to read and study this material. It is our earnest desire that through the following pages, your desire and enthusiasm to learn more (and share your learnings) about Swedish massage shall tremendously grow benefiting yourself and your loved ones, as well. To help improve this massage guide, we would appreciate to hear comments and suggestions from you. Rest assured that your contributions shall be taken into consideration in our future editions. Sincerely yours, BENJAMIN B. EUGENIO JR., LMT HIMAS SPA SCHOOL

1 ENHANCED SWEDISH MASSAGE Swedish Massage is notably one of the most sought-after massage in the world today. One probable reason is that this form of massage modality has a stroke for almost any form of manipulation that a person so desires. For relaxation, the effluerage and petrissage strokes are the best candidates. For stimulation, vibration and tapoment strokes could well do the job. With this, more people are greatly benefited beyond one’s imagination. This material aims to provide beginners or enthusiasts alike with basic information they need regarding this popular massage modality. It is hoped that the articles and photos included in the foregoing pages shall prove useful and informative to all who would come across this pamphlet.

BRIEF HISTORY Swedish massage (sometimes referred to as oil massage) was popularized by a Swede gymnast whose name is Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839). He was credited for developing and making known the Five (5) Classical movements, such as: effleurage, petrissage, vibration, friction and tapotement. FIVE (5) CLASSICAL MOVEMENTS 1. EFFLEURAGE - Was derived from the French word-effleur which means to glide (Fig.1)

(Fig. 1 - Effleurage) 2. PETRISSAGE- from the French word petrir which means “to knead” (Fig. 2- Petrissage)


PREPARING TOWEL FOR MASSAGE USE Step 1 - Towel Spread - Spread the towel on top of the table

Step 4 - Towel Roll- From the bottom edge fold the towel upward on a 2/3 position, and then roll tighly upward

Step 2- Fold No. 1 -Fold the towel either from left to right or right to left, leaving a half an inch edge on the folded part

Step 5 - Towel Ready for Use

Step 3 - Fold No. 2- Fold the towel from the edges towards the original center fold

2 5. Tapotement - involves repetitive striking movements using the tips of fingers, cupped hands or fists

(Fig. 2. Petrissage) 3. Friction - from the Latin word “fricare” which means to rub. Fig. 5 - Tapotement SUB-VARIATIONS FOR EACH CLASSICAL MOVEMENT 1. EFFLEURAGE - There are two major forms of effleurage: the one handed effluerage and the two handed effleurage. (Fig. 3- Friction) 4. Vibration - from the Latin word “vibrio” which means to shake.

Fig. 6- One-handed effleurage

Fig. 4 - Fine Vibration


HANDSPRING-HIMAS SPA SCHOOL 2. PETRISSAGE - Petrissage is characterized by the lifting and squeezing (“angat at piga”) of specific muscular areas. It can also be performed either with one hand or two hands, as shown in the illustration below. Fig. 7- Ironing (One-forearm effleurage)

Fig. 10 - One-handed petrissage Fig. 8 - Two-handed effleurage

Fig. 9 - Two-handed Heart Effleurage

Fig. 11- Praying-hand petrissage (two-handed)


Fig. 12 - Two-handed petrissage (Open and closed C) 3. FRICTION- This is done by rubbing the superficial part of the skin.

Fig. 15 - Thumb-circular friction

Fig. 16- Palm-on-palm circular friction Fig. 13. Superficial friction

Fib. 17 - Cross-fiber friction

Fig. 14. Sawing (friction)


HANDSPRING-HIMAS SPA SCHOOL 5. TAPOTEMENT - involves repetitive striking movements of the hands, delivered through the edge of finger tips, open palm or fists

4. VIBRATION- From the word “vibrio”, meaning to shake. The purpose for which is to stimulate nerves and/or help loosen immobilized joints

Fig. 18 - Fine vibration

Fig. 20 - Hacking

Fig. 19- Coarse/Jostling Vibration

Fig. 21 - Quacking

Fig. 20 - Rocking (Pitch and catch)

Fig. 22 - Cupping


Fig. 23 - Pounding/Beating Fig. 27 - Punctuation

Fig. 24. Diffused tapotement

Fig. 25 - Pincement

Fig. 26 - Raindrops


HANDSPRING-HIMAS SPA SCHOOL BENEFITS OF MASSAGE 1. Physical - Massage helps improve blood circulation 2. Emotional - Massage provides relief from fatigue and stress 3. Psychological- Massage helps meet the need for “touch” CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR MASSAGE 1. Absolute-This means massage is not advisable under the any of the following circumstances: high blood pressure, cancer, intoxication and highly contagious diseases 2. Relative- This means massage may be applicable to any part except affected areas such as wounds, burns and fractures 3. Medical- This involves conditions where the doctor expressly prohibits massage of any kind OTHER IMPORTANT POINTERS FOR MASSAGE 1. Oil- The lubricant to be used during massage should be vegetable-based such as virgin coconut oil or VCO. Mineral based oil are cheap compared to vegetable-based but it has no nutritive value.

GENERAL MASSAGE SEQUENCE 1. Introductions 2. Warm up POSITION - PRONE 1. Leg work 2. Upper back 3. Buttocks 4. Side of Back 5. Scapula 6. Arm and hand 7. Back (from crown of head) 8. Shoulder, neck and head POSITION - SUPINE 1. Leg work 2. Stomach 3. Hand and arm 4. Chest 5. Arm, shoulder neck 6. Head and face After Care 1. Advise client 2. Side lying position 3. Asist in getting up 4. Health advisory 5. Courtesy THREE MAJOR STAGES OF MASSAGE 1. Pre-massage 2. During Massage 3. Post-massage

8 2. Alcohol- The only prescribed alcohol to be used before, during and after massage is 70% isopropyl alcohol 3. Equipment- The massage bed to be used the massage session must be neither too high nor too low for the therapist concerned. This is help avoid chronic back pain among massage therapists. 4. Meal- Clients shall be advised to refrain from taking a heavy meal within thirty (30) minutes prior to a massage session. 5. Bath- For hygienic pursposes, clients may be advised to take a bath before getting a massage. 6. Ethics- Both therapists and clients should know their individual basic rights when it comes to massage. 7. Hygiene- To help minimize, if not avoid, the spread of disease, all massage practitioners and enthusiasts must observe proper hygienic practices.

REFERENCES 1. Beck, Mark, Milady’s Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage 2nd Edition, Demar Publishers, 1994 2. Salvo, Susan, Massage Therapy Principles and Practices 3rd Edition, Saunders Elsevier, 1999

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Main HIMAS Training Center

Some students taking time for a photo


About the Author
Benjamin B. Eugenio, Jr, LMT is the Founding President of the Handspring Institute of Massage and Shiatsu (HIMAS SPA SCHOOL. He has been in the spa and wellness industry for over fifteen years as a massage therapist, teacher, school founder and administrator, and consultant.

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