The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Swedish, or classic massage as it is also known, should be the basis of almost every other technique a qualified massage therapist may incorporate into a session as it warms the tissue in preparation for what may be more intensive work.

Swedish massage was developed in the 1700's by a Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling.

Purpose of Swedish Massage

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release the muscles.

Swedish massage increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.

If you are simply wanting to relax and unwind, this is the technique to request. Be sure to clearly express the level of pressure you would like. Please note: if you request deeper pressure some massage therapist may assume you are asking for Deep Tissue Massage, be specific in what you want.