What Is Swedish Massage Therapy?

One of the most popular forms of massage therapy, a Swedish massage is what you’ll probably picture if you think of the ‘typical’ massage and is the foundation for a number of other treatments such as sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy.

Swedish massage therapy is uses different techniques over the whole body to stimulate circulation, reduce muscle tension and relieve pain.

What to expect

Because they’re fairly simple and great for relaxation, Swedish massages are a good choice for those who are new to the world of massage and spa treatments.

During a Swedish massage, oils or lotions will be used to hydrate and soften the skin, so your session may begin with your therapist asking a few questions about your skin type and regular routine to identify the best products for you. If you have any allergies or preferences, be sure to tell your therapist at this point so they can avoid any products or ingredients that may irritate your skin.

At the beginning of the massage, your therapist will use gentle pressure to warm up your muscles and prepare them for deeper pressure. However, the amount of pressure that is used throughout the massage may vary depending on the therapist’s individual style or their aims. For example, if you mention that your shoulders are especially tense, they may apply deeper pressure in this area to relieve the tension.

Some of the most commonly used techniques in Swedish massage therapy are:

  • Long, sweeping strokes
  • Kneading
  • Rubbing
  • Tapping or pounding
  • Vibration
  • Applying circular pressure with the hands and palms
  • Bending and stretching

Swedish massage therapy is usually used as a full body treatment so a session typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

What is Swedish massage therapy used for?

The main benefit of getting Swedish massage therapy (and the most common aim of the massage) is that it encourages and enables complete relaxation.

However, some of the other benefits of a Swedish massage are:

  • Relief from muscle tension and strain by flushing out toxins
  • Improved circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
  • Increasing range of movement
  • Alleviating stress

Top tip: Before your massage, spend 20 minutes in the sauna to warm up and relax your muscles. This will prepare them for the massage and increase its effectiveness.

Are you looking forward to your treatment?

Everyone deserves the relaxation and health benefits that a day at the spa can offer, so if you’ve already booked your Swedish massage, we really hope you enjoy it!

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