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Swedish Massage Therapy

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What is a Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage was pioneered in the late 19 century by Henrik Linger, he analysed ancient massage techniques and clarified their application, it is primarily used for beauty therapy.

This therapy is considered a relatively gentle form of therapy compared to Deep Tissue or Sports therapy. It uses five distinct techniques effleurage, kneading, friction, tapping, and vibration. It has become one of the most widely used therapeutic techniques throughout the world both for therapeutic purposes as well as for general relaxation and stress relief.

What are the main techniques of Swedish Massage?

The techniques in this type of massage include pressure applied by the hands, percussion type tapping usually by the sides of the hands and fingers, kneading is applied with the knuckles and the palms of the hands. Pressure varies according your needs.


Effleurage is one of the most popular and commonly used massage techniques incorporated into most hands-on body therapies. This technique is used at the beginning of your massage and in between other movements, Kneading, friction, tapping, cupping, and vibration.

Just to add, at the very beginning of your session, our therapist will ground you, this is to try to relax you before he/she starts your treatment. Grounding: every therapist will have their way of doing this. you can read more on grounding on Antonio's page.

Once the therapist feels you are relaxed, they will start with gentle flowing movements. Usually on your back first, then the rest of your body. Effleurage is a gentle yet effective technique that uses light, gliding strokes to relax muscles and improve circulation throughout the body.


Petrissage, or kneading, is a great tool for muscle release and helps in improving the overall flexibility of the human body. It increases circulation, relaxes the muscles, and allows an increase in range of movement. The benefits of kneading include decreased tension, improved muscle flexibility by manipulating the muscle fibres and increased blood circulation due to friction.


The friction technique uses rubbing or pressing this helps break down scar tissue, while also encouraging healthy tissue growth. By aligning the fibres in tendons, this movement has been shown to help mend broken connections between muscle and bone.

Friction is often recommended for those looking to increase their mobility as well as heal from physical trauma or injury. Additionally, friction can be used for massaging away any restrictions in movement due to muscles that have become too tight or knotted.


Tapotement is a massage technique that involves a series of light blows to the body in rapid, alternating rhythms. It is derived from the old French term tapir which means “light blow” and can be executed by using the fingers, cupped hands or even the edge of the hands. This technique is commonly used in Swedish Massage as it helps to relax certain muscles in the body by quick percussions over them.

The goal of tapotement is to relax the muscles and ease any tension within them. Through this massage technique, the therapist is able to work on different areas with more ease due to its slightly stimulating effect. Variations of the method include flicking, hammering, chopping, slapping or even tapping which allows them tailor their strokes depending on what part they are focusing on.

The series of light blows also helps improve muscular coordination as well as improve circulation and decrease nerve sensibility near skeletal structures. Both performers and athletes greatly benefit from Tapotement due its muscle relaxing property which aids easier movements during performance.

Tapping helps muscles relax and soothe tension as well as improving blood circulation within the body. In this technique the therapist compresses soft tissue through controlled kneading, squeezing, and rolling.


The vibration technique is a therapeutic massage technique employed to loosen and relax muscles throughout the body. Shaking or vibrating of the areas being treated causes a deep muscle relaxation that helps to ease tension and improve circulation.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue treatments are more to relax tight muscles and help with body circulation. One of the most common complaints is from being hunched over a computer for hours on end, ending up with an aching upper back. We have all been there, so absorbed in our task at hand that the hours fly by without realising it we put a lot of strain on our shoulders.

Deep tissue is perfect for working on the shoulders and shoulder blades, such a sense of relief when a therapist gets into those knots in your back. Deep tissue massage is great for tension and stiffness. It can also help with healing as the techniques used in Deep tissue help to release toxins form the body.

Sports massage

Sports massage is more for allocated injuries. In the Sports therapy the therapist will also do stretching of the affects areas to help loosen the muscles. As the muscles relax, then movement will be greater in the affected area. A thorough understanding of human body and how it functions is a must in the practice of Sports Massage.


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