Swedish Massage

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is a vigorous and deep massage, using long, flowing strokes. Oil, or sometimes a cream or a lotion, is applied to the skin to reduce friction.

There are six basic strokes used in Swedish massage. Some have a kneading and lifting action, others use deep circular rubbing movements, or compression, brisk tapping or vibration, while others use long, gliding strokes over the body.


Swedish massage aids relaxation and brings relief from stress, reduces muscular tension and speeds up the elimination of toxins from the body. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, reduces pain and joint stiffness, and tones the muscles. It is especially good after exercise, as it improves the blood circulation and brings about increased body awareness.

Swedish massage was pioneered by a Swede called Peter Henry Ling. He developed a range of manipulations, which are applied to the soft tissues of the body. Swedish Massage is often referred to as “classical massage”, because most other forms of massage have their roots in this system. It is now a popular spa treatment.