What is Swedish massage?
that make up Swedish massage are thought to have been systemized by Johan
Georg Mezger (1838 - 1909).
the French terms to describe the basic techniques: effleurage, (long gliding
strokes), petrissage (kneading), friction, tapotement (tapping) and vibration.
such as oil, cream, or lotion is applied on the skin to facilitate the
techniques and reduce friction.
use of Swedish massage was wide spread in Europe and North America in
the mid 1800’s and has been the basis of many massage styles ever
What can you expect
from a Swedish massage session
Recieving swedish massage is a pleasant and relaxing experience.
It is a flowing
and gentle technique but the therapist can use deeper pressure as directed
by the receiver.
Questions about what
a swedish massage
I need to buy any equipment?
• What to wear
This massage is performed directly on the skin and so clothes will have
to be removed.Your practitioner will cover areas not being worked
on with towels or a sheet.
long is a session
1/2 hour to 1 hour
is expected of clients?
During the treatment all you will have to do is lie on a massage couch
and enjoy the treatment.
costs / fees per session
You can expect to pay approx £40-50 depending on length of session,
experience and location
What are the main
Qualifications a practitioner should have?
with the General Council of Massage Therapy https://www.gcmt.org.uk/
What can Swedish
massage is mostly used for relaxation and well being. It can help prevent
injuries and aid in the recovery of injuries.
It has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving
function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Many people experience
improved sleep after Swedish massage.
articles on massage try PubMed. https://www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/pubmedsearches.html
Research Institute has a list of studies showing the positive effects
of massage. https://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/Massage.htm
Massage Magazine also has articles on research. https://www.massagemag.com/Magazine/research.php
Therapy Foundation has a research database, you need to register to have
for your Directory of
Alternative therapists and Body therapies