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. Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it’s your first time at the spa or 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.
Swedish massage (and other types of therapeutic massage are performed by trained, licensed massage therapists. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she wants to achieve.
What to expect for a Swedish Massage:
Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure.
After the consultation, the therapist instructs you 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 you are ready before entering.
In 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.
Benefits of Swedish Massage:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving immune system functioning
- Increasing lymphatic drainage
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Reducing tension within muscles
- Increasing body awareness
Recommendations for your Swedish Massage:
If you are enjoying your massage, ask your therapist about a 30 minute upgrade to extend the experience. They will check with the receptionist if there is enough time in the schedule for you, if there is, this is a great way to allow for more massage time in your session.
Bath Salts, body lotion
- don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
- if it’s your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.