Swedish Massage


Swedish Massage Liverpool, Merseyside 

Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If  you don’t get massage very often, Swedish massage is the perfect place to start.

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

What Happens During A Swedish Massage

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

Before the massage, we will ask you about any injuries or other conditions that we should know about. Things you would want tell us include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell us up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

After the consultation, we will instruct you how to lie on the table — face up, and underneath the sheet or towel — and will then leave the room. We will knock or ask if you are ready before entering.

We generally start by working your hands and arms then working up to the shoulders, neck and chest area, using various massage strokes that include effleurage (gliding), kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping.  We then move to the abdomen (some people like this, others don’t so please let us know during your consultation) and down the front of your legs to the feet.

When done with the front side, we hold the sheet or towel up and look away while you turn over onto your front; then we quickly cover you again. We then massage the back of each leg, and generally finish with back.

If you only have 50 minutes, you can also ask to spend more time on a certain area. If the pressure is too light or too firm, you should speak up and ask us to adjust it. Swedish massage usually includes some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension, but if you truly want deeper, more intensive work and firmer pressure, 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 us more time to work the muscle tissue and achieve better results.

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 (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm.

In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” in the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.

Here are just some of the benefits of Swedish Body Massage:

  • Promotes relaxation, thereby reducing stress and anxiety
  • Ease of muscular tension, soreness and stiffness
  • Improved skin tone, circulation and elasticity
  • Elimination of toxins and swelling
  • Boosts immune system
  • Relieves tired and stiff joints
  • Increases energy levels by invigorating the body’s natural systems
  • Aids better sleep and reduces insomnia

Contact us for a vigorous massage that you will come back for again and again