Classic massage is one of the world’s oldest therapeutic treatments. Its primary functions are to stimulate circulation, decongest the vascular and lymphatic systems, and relax muscles. But the healing effects of classic massage go much further than this and help with the following issues:
- Muscle knotting and pain
- Muscular rheumatic changes
- Joint injuries
- Rheumatic disorders
- Spastic bronchitis
- Degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system
- Functional disorders resulting from damage to peripheral nerves
- CHF 57.00 for a 25-minute massage
- CHF 114.00 for a 50-minute massage
Useful information about the therapy
Ilassic massage is one of the world’s oldest manual therapeutic treatments. It was first mentioned in Chinese writings in around 2,600 BC. In Europe, massage was introduced and developed by Galenos and Hippocrates around 130 AD. Unfortunately, interest in the treatment dwindled during the Medieval period. Only in the 16th century did massage start to be used again by another renowned doctor, Paracelsus.
Classic massage as we know it today was created by Swedish practitioner Pehr Henrik Ling. He paved the way for various types of massage, including reflex therapy, connective tissue massage, and lymphatic drainage.
During massage therapy, the skin, underlying tissue, and muscles are relaxed and manipulated by stretching, pulling and applying pressure. The treatment also leads to a localised improvement in blood circulation, helping to alleviate the pain caused by tension. Therapists use a variety of movements during treatment, selecting the correct sequence based on the nature and location of the tension.
Stroking movement (effleurage)
This movement is often used at the start of the massage, enabling the therapist to slowly introduce bodily contact with the patient. The stroking movements are applied over larger areas of skin, and usually over specific muscle groups. They are also used between stronger techniques to relax the muscles that are being worked.
Kneading or rolling movement (petrissage)
Kneading is a more intensive, deeper technique. It can be used to apply targeted pressure to the muscle and release tension. The skin and muscle are gripped between the thumb, index finger, and middle finger and then kneaded or rolled.
Rubbing movement (friction)
This movement is the most intensive technique a therapist can use. It is a very effective method of releasing tension and knots. The muscle is treated with small, circular movements of the thumb tip or fingertip.
Subcutaneous fascial stroking
Like stroking, this technique is often used as a preparatory or introductory stage in the massage.
As the name suggests, the tissue is manipulated with beating or hacking movements of the hand. This improves circulation in the tissue.
Vibration relaxes the tissue and muscle. This is a gentle, relaxing movement. The therapist places his or her fingertips or open hand on the area that needs to be treated and creates vibrations through muscle tremors.