Relaxation and Relieving Constipation with Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is not an ordinary type of massage that uses one technique; it is a set of techniques such as effleurage, kneading and vibration to create the whole service. Constipation is common for athletes; this is due to overwork of the body that can result to other complications in the digestive system. See how Swedish massage can help with relaxation and relieve constipation.


  • Effleurage– effleurage are large gentle strokes that stimulate and/or relaxes a body part. Swedish massage can include the abdominal area following the pattern of the ascending, transverse and descending colon as stimulation. Effleurage focused on the lower back promotes ease and lessens the effort exerted in valsava maneuver.
  • Kneading– Swedish massage creates upgrades on the techniques, and kneading is one. The pressure of this technique is light but is highly recommended as a stimulant. Kneading the abdomen in a pattern of the colon will penetrate through the deep muscles and slightly move the peristalsis.
  • Vibration– they say that when there is vibration in the abdominal part, there is high pressure and stimulation. Athletes get too much stress on other body parts due to their activities and so their peristalsis becomes slow with the help of vibration in Swedish massage, the abdominal muscles are relaxed and continue to move without too much exertion.
  • Petrissage–  petrissage is almost the same as kneading except it utilizes the fingers instead of the heel of the hand and the thumb. Swedish massage introduces petrissage in the routine as it gives light, ticklish stimulations, which is great for the abdomen. When the abdomen is tickled, the faster it moves and the easier constipation is relieved.


All these techniques are useless without proper diet and good relaxation. This summer, rehydration is one solution in times of constipation. The stool lack lubricants and as it dries, the colon has difficulty moving the bowel. Make sure to take precautions and consult your physician before getting into Swedish massage as a remedy for constipation because there might be other reasons for such condition.



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