We’re sure you’ve heard of a Swedish massage before today, but do you know exactly what it is and how it differs from other styles of massage? If you’ve ever had a massage, chances are high that it was a Swedish massage or at least incorporated elements of Swedish massage.

The Strokes

Most Swedish massages incorporate long, flowing strokes. These are intended to help you relax any muscle tension you may be feeling, as well as encourage circulation. Most strokes move in the direction of blood flowing to your heart. Once your body is sufficiently relaxed, massage therapists begin to add more pressure to break up any adhesions, or “knots,” as you might call them.

Full Disclosure

You will be asked to tell us a bit about your injury history or any other medical conditions you may have that could affect your massage. Feel free to include what areas on your body are experiencing tightness or pain so they may target those spots. Also, be clear about the amount of pressure that is comfortable to you. If you want a softer massage, make that known to your therapist!

The Name

Why is it called a Swedish massage? Swedish massage practices emerged from Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology. In the 19th century, a physiologist named Per Henrik Ling created “Medical Gymnastics,” which became known as the “Swedish Movement Cure” in the United States in 1858. Now, it’s known as the Swedish Massage in the US and as a classic massage in Sweden.

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