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Swedish Massage

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish Massage originated in Sweden during the Eighteenth century. It is one of the more widely known treatments and involves the manipulation of body tissues by hand. More specifically, parts of the body affected by this treatment are:

  • Muscles
  • Fibres connected to the muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Nerve
  • Nerve endings
  • Blood circulatory systems
  • Lymphatic circulatory systems

The techniques used in Swedish Massage vary greatly. They can be long, allowing strokes used for warming muscle fibres up in preparation for deeper work or simply be warm, gentle and soothing for a more relaxing therapy. Kneading is another pleasant alternative to more concentrated, deeper techniques.

Kneading is described as a “wringing” movement with alternate hands applying pressure to the tissues. It can be used on most larger areas of the body as a warm up method or just to be applied as it is.


Tapotement is a general term for ‘vibratory movements’ on the skins surface. This involves ‘cupping’ / ’hacking’ which are light, quick and stimulating movements renowned for helping loosen a tight chest or congestion in the lungs, e.g. in asthma, emphysema or cystic fibrosis.

Finally, ‘friction’ is used on tight, taut, stubborn fibres that require a little deeper attention; usually, thumb and knuckle pressure is used to treat these. Massaging the surrounding ligaments and tendons often provides added flexibility and suppleness to all the muscle fibres.

Academic research has demonstrated that receiving Swedish Massage helps to reduce levels of the stress hormones Cortisol and Vasopressin. This in turn, supports a decline in mental and emotional health issues, and subsequently improves the client’s immune system, which is negatively affected by stress hormones, depression and anxiety.

Additionally, there is evidence showing that the increased number of white blood cells found following massage directly protects the body against disease and infection. Muscle manipulation simultaneously increases red blood cell production, which elevates oxygen and nutrient supply to the body’s cells and tissues, and aids the efficient removal of any waste products, such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide.

Swedish massage can be used as a full body treatment or on specific areas depending on the client’s preference.


Prior to Treatment

  • A light meal and water is advisable an hour or so before the massage.
  • A consultation card is completed, highlighting any previous or present medication/medical problems.
  • We also recommend that anyone feeling slightly unwell, e.g. a cold or flu-like symptoms waits until they have fully recovered before making an appointment.
  • Any major operations or illnesses should be discussed prior to making the appointment.
  • It is also important to mention any allergies to oils as an alternative will be used.
  • Aftercare advice is provided.