Swedish Therapy Massage


  • Relaxing
  • Reduces stress
  • Eases aches & pains
  • Promotes feeling of well being
  • Eases tension and anxiety

What is Swedish Massage

Also known as Swedish massage, therapeutic massage is where all other massages originate and, as such, it’s the most common type of massage. It is used to manipulate the body’s soft tissues typically involves long, gliding and kneading strokes on the upper layers of muscles of the body.

It may be combined with movement of the joints. The purpose of is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain and can be both relaxing and energizing.

History of Swedish Massage

The first mention of massage as we know it, was in a Chinese text, published in 2700 BCE, known as “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.” The book focuses on using massage therapy to change the flows of Qi energy flowing through the body, realigning it so that the flow of positive energy would help overcome medical conditions.

Later, around 1500 BCE, Hindus practicing Ayurvedic medicine, “life health,” first wrote down their massage therapy traditions based on holistic medicine, combining meditation, relaxation, and aromatherapy. Ayurvedic medicine still has a strong following in Hindu countries and the British occupation of India resulted in that traditional making its way back to the west.

It was in the early 1800s, that Swedish doctor, gymnast, and educator Per Henrik Ling applied his experience of the human body into a series of massage techniques that he called “Swedish Movement System.”

How is it carried out

Therapeutic massage typically takes place with the client in a lying position, but may be sitting too. The appointment commences with a discussion between the client and therapist in order to ascertain the client’s needs.

The therapist then outlines a plan with the client’s agreement. It is most common for the client to by lying in a “prone”, face down, position or alternatively lying “supine”, i.e. on their back on a specifically designed couch or table. Towels are used to drape over the client to keep them warm and maintain their dignity with pillows or bolsters used to support and aid relaxation. Various techniques may be used, including gentle manipulation and mobilization of relevant joints.

The aim of the massage is not to hurt the client, and if discomfort is experienced the client is encouraged to feedback to the therapist. On conclusion of the appointment the therapist will carry out a review, asking the client how they feel and if there are any improvements that can be made for future sessions.

Techniques used

Various techniques are used during a therapeutic massage. As with other methods it will include ‘effleurage , a gliding motion usually carried out with the whole palm of the hand and the fingers.

This helps you become accustomed to your therapist’s touch, warm your body’s tissues and increase your blood flow. Variation of this gliding technique will also be used including the use of the therapists forearm. Petrissage, a method of kneading the soft tissue may also be utilized.


Benefits of therapeutic or Swedish massage include

  • Eases aches & pains
  • Relaxation
  • Relieves tension
  • Improves range of motion
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves sleep
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Improved immune system


Therapeutic, deep tissue, sports
30 mins £25
60 mins £40
90 mins £55