Swedish massage is known for its gentle and relaxing approach to the ancient art of massage. Why is it so popular? And, is it actually Swedish? As experts, we’re here to answer all of your questions about this massage modality.
A Swedish massage actually has little to do with either the country of Sweden or a history of Swedish massage practitioners. In fact, the term “Swedish massage” is attributed to a Dutch practitioner named Georg Mezger. This same individual is also responsible for labeling the movements associated with this form of massage including:
To boost circulation, this movement is comprised of soft and quick stroking motions that follow the body’s natural circulation pathways. It is known to encourage the movement of blood, lymph, and toxins in the body.
With movements that include lifting, pressing, and applying firm pressure, this category of movements moves the muscles of the body very much like kneading dough.
Tapping, cupping and pounding, this intense movement almost boasts percussive manipulations. A massage therapist moves along your body with the intent of a gentle drummer addressing your muscle groups.
This category involves the rubbing or movement of hands across skin in opposite directions to produce heat and friction in preparation for the other movements on this list.
As an excellent form of massage, Swedish massage can induce a deep sense of peace and satisfaction making it a great form for beginners or regulars. It also pairs well with add-on services like hot stones or deep tissue work. Talk to our expert team about what ails you and we’ll help you figure out the rest!