To get a Swedish Massage you don’t have to fly all the way to Sweden, this luxury can be found all around India even at your nearby spas.

Swedish Massage is the most common hand and best-known type of massage in the West. If its’s your client’s first time at the spa or they don’t get massages very often, Swedish massage is the perfect place to start.

If they want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure, even some momentary discomfort to get relief from muscles stiffness and pain, it’s better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another form of Swedish massage.

Why It’s Called Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling at University of Stockholm. In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These were then known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the US Today it is simply known as Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the foundation of other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.

What Happens During a Swedish Massage?

In all Swedish massages the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various strokes that warm up and work he muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscles “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases muscles tension and creates other health benefits.

Before the massage, the therapist should ask the client about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things one would want tell  a therapist should be the area of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. One can also tell them up front if the have a preferences for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

After the consultation, the therapist instructs the client how to lie on the table–face up or face down, and underneath the sheet or towel–and then leaves the room. He or she will knock or ask if one is ready before entering.

The Nudity Factor

During the Swedish massage the patron is generally nude underneath a towel or sheet. The masseur uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on, this technique is called draping. If the nudity gets your client out of their comfort zone, and many newcomers do. You can let them keep their under garments on, you usually start by asking them to lie face down with their head in a u-shaped face cradle so their spine stays neutral. The therapist generally start by working on clients back, using various massage strokes that includes effleurage (gliding), kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping.

When the masseur is finished with the back, he or she works the back of each leg. When done with the back side, he or she holds the sheet or towel up and looks away while the client turn over onto their back and scoot down; then he or she quickly covers them again. The therapist then massages the front of each leg, both arms, and generally finishes with the clients neck and shoulders.

Some therapists work in a different order, and all have their own style and techniques. If your client is running out of time, you can spend more time on a certain area. The masseur should keep on reconfirming with their customers in order to know if the pressure applied is too light or too firm, so that he can adjust accordingly. Swedish massage usually includes some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension, but if your customers truly want deeper, more intensive work and firmer pressure, ask them to book a deep tissue massage.

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridiens” or sen lines in Asian massage systems. Most people get a 50 or 60 minute Swedish or deep tissue massage, but 75 or 90 minutes gives therapist more time to work the muscle tissue and achieve result.

The cost of Swedish massage will vary, depending on whether you go to a day spa, resort spa, destination spa or go to a massage therapist. Swedish massage pricing will also depend on what part of the country you live and how luxurious the spa is.

Swedish Massage is Good for-

  • Easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins.
  • Improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood.
  • Helping to keep ligaments & tendons supple.
  • Stimulating the nervous system.
  • Reducing emotional & physical stress.