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Swedish Massage

What it is:

Swedish massage is the modality that most people think of when they conceive of traditional massage, as it is considered the foundation for most table massage techniques.  In general, Swedish massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue (i.e. the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) using the hands in a gentle, flowing massage technique. Varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements are incorporated.


The development of Swedish massage is often inaccurately credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes. The term “Swedish” massage is actually only recognized in English, Québécois or Dutch speaking countries. Elsewhere the style is referred to as “classic massage”.

What to expect in a session:

Sweidsh massage is a clothes-off modality performed on a cozy massage table, and your privacy will be respected at all times.  Characterized by the use of lotion or oil to allow gliding strokes over the skin, five basic strokes comprise the Swedish massage approach: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), friction, tapotement (percussion), and vibration.  Our therapists will employ these techniques, as necessitated for your body and its unique needs.

Use to treat:

Swedish massage is most commonly used for relaxation, improving well-being and promoting blood and lymphatic circulation.  It has also been shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness.  Please inform your massage therapist of your concerns about your body, including past injuries and pre-existing medical conditions so they can determine the appropriate approach for your body.  And be sure to mention your goals for the session!

Our Massage Therapists who offer Swedish Massage:

All of our massage therapists offer Swedigh Massage.  Visit Our Therapists to learn more.

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