What is Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is a technique using deep tissue massage to help loosen muscles and aid with muscular aches and pains. Some people enjoy a lighter version also.
Various massaging techniques used are effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fibre rubbing), tapotement (tapping) and vibration/shaking.
Swedish massage was not developed inSweden, nor was it developed by a Swede. If you travel to Sweden they do not recognise Swedish massage, instead you would need to request a “classic massage”. Swedish massage is only recognised in English or Dutch speaking countries and is known as “classic massage” elsewhere.
Although it is believe that Swedish massage was founded by Peter Henry Ling (1776 – 1837), a Swedish physiologist, it is far from the truth. Peter Henry Ling went to USA in 1858 and introduced “The Swedish Movement Cure” for gymnasts. However, Swedish massage was not part of his Swedish Gymnastic Movements nor the curriculum of the Royal Central Gymnastic Institute founded by Ling in 1813.
The mix up with this has been linked to Peter Henry Ling’s systems called Swedish Movement System or Swedish Gymnastic Movement System, which some how transposed to Swedish Massage.
This “classic massage” technique is the foundation for other types of massage which include aromatherapy massage and sports massage.
Swedish Massage Information
A deep tissue treatment that will ease muscular tension, improve circulation and eliminate toxins allowing the body and mind to relax and recharge its energies