Origins of Swedish Massage

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Per Henrik Ling a fencing instructor came up with the concept and idea of a massage which was then named the “Swedish Massage”. The concept came about in the 1830’s when he suffered an elbow injury from fencing. He used a tapping (percussion) stroke on and around the injured area. It was reported that this action on the affected area cured the injury and he was able to return back to fencing. This led to the practice of a variety of pressures and techniques which became famous as the Swedish massage.

A Swedish massage is known as a basic massage which today many other massages are based upon. It was brought to the western world in the 1850’s by Dr. Charles and Dr. George Taylor. It has developed over the years and you will find your therapist will use a variety of;

  • Long gliding strokes
  • Friction
  • Kneading
  • Tapping movements
  • Passive and active joint movements

Benefits of a Swedish Massage

A Swedish massage is a very safe therapy for relieving muscle tensions, aches, sports injuries and other side effects of tension and stress such as migraines and headaches. The physical benefits include:

  • Muscles are loosened by stretching the surface tissue and muscle fibres
  • Muscles spasms and cramps are relieved which decreases muscle fatigue
  • Joints are loosened and can improve mobility
  • Muscle strength is improved
  • Nervous system adapts and calms
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Muscle and skin tone is firmer
  • Improves the speed of healing injuries and illness

What to expect from a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage is a full boy treatment with the exception of areas you request not to be touched. You will lie down on the massage table and be draped in a towel. Massage oil will be used to allow massage movements. Movements include:

  • Effleurage – gliding movement towards the heart, using the contours of the body using one or both palms of the hand. This will be the first technique your therapist will use as it allows the therapist to apply oil to the skin. This stroke I also great as it warms up the muscles, sets the nerves at ease, starts the relaxation process and improves blood circulation. It has also been found to improve heart function and lymphatic drainage.
  • Petrissage – this technique looks like kneading bread dough, it will involve squeezing, lifting and rolling the skin under or between the hands. Like the effleurage technique this also improves the blood circulation and muscle tension.
  • Friction – as the previous techniques focus on the surface of the skin/muscle, friction goes into the deeper tissue and muscles. This is the deepest pressure sued in a Swedish massage. Using the flat of the hand, thumbs, knuckles, fingers or back of the forearms pressure using the whole body is applied. This pressure is applied then slowly released. You will find that this movement will be a continuous sliding or circular motion.
  • Vibration – using the hands or fingers tips the therapist shakes the skin, the vibrations release muscle tension and the therapist will repeat this on small sections of the body especially face or the spine.
  • Tapotement – is a tapping or percussion rhythm on the skin, this stimulates and tones the skin. There are variation of tapotement like: cupping, hacking, pummelling. These can be very stimulating for some people and very intense for others. This technique needs to be used carefully not to over stimulate the nerves and muscles.

Swedish massage should be used as a therapy for injury, relaxation and illness with the consent of your doctor and advise given if you have any medical conditions. Always seek medical advice before booking your massage.

There are minimal side effects to a Swedish massage with the exception of after effect aches as muscle recover and injuries heal. Swedish massages have developed with the use of aromatherapy oils, heated stones and other techniques.

A Swedish massage is the starting point if you are new to massage and are affordable for the long term benefits to help you relax, improve circulation and recover from injuries. if you are looking for a 5 star gay male to male massage in Manchester to London then get booked in 🙂 we look forward to seeing you.