Five Techniques of Swedish Massage - Infographic | Massage School Blog

Posted July 29, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Over the past several weeks, we have discussed Swedish Massage in great detail on the Acupuncture and Massage College Massage School blog.

In the first article, we discussed how Swedish massage was a misnomer and should technically be called "Dutch massage." However, due to a common translation error, Ling, the Swedish physician, gets credit for inventing Swedish massage, even though the true inventor is Johann Mezger. It was Johann Mezger who codified the five techniques of Swedish massage into the popular modality that is practiced today.

In the second article, we discussed the five techniques of Swedish Massage. These five techniques are same that Mezger developed and codified to create the massage modality itself. They are:

  1. Effleurage-Circular stroking movements
  2. Petrissage-Kneading movements
  3. Friction-Rubbing Strokes
  4. Vibration-Shaking movements to loosen the body
  5. Tapotement-Tapping

Since the article got a popular response on social media, we decided to create an infographic to explain the techniques. Click on it to view, download, and share it.

Swedish Massage is one of the many massage modalities that we teach in our massage therapy program. For more information, download our free massage therapy career ebook below. Acupuncture and Massage College is located at 10506 North Kendall Drive, Miami, Florida 33176, near the Kendall Mall. You can also reach us by phone at (305)595-9500 or by email at
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