Swedish massage is also known as the classic technique, and is the most widely practiced form of body massage in the West. It incorporates a variety of classic techniques including:
- Effleurage – Used to link movements and induce flow
- Petrissage – A kneading technique to encourage blood & lymph flow to the muscles
- Friction – Concentrated pressure on a specific muscle
- Tapotement – Percussive movements including hacking & cupping
- Vibration – Stimulates the nerve fibres to induce a relaxing effect
Swedish massage evolved from a combination of medical gymnastics and massage techniques devised by Per Henrick Ling (1776 – 1839) a Swedish Physiologist. In 1894 the ‘Society of Trained Masseuses’ was founded by a group of English nurses, based on Ling’s methods. This group later developed into ‘The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists’. Swedish Massage is the foundation of all western massage. Practitioners can adapt techniques for optimal benefit to ease muscular tension in the body. It is particularly beneficial for joint disorders as it releases tension in the muscle around the joint and so promotes movement.
How does Swedish Massage work?
The combined techniques of Swedish Massage help to warm up the muscle tissue, and release the tension that the body naturally holds around pain and discomfort. When the tissue is warmed and manipulated it breaks up any muscular knots or adhesions increasing the elasticity of the tissue and so improving flexibility and circulation.
What does a treatment involve?
A detailed consultation with a focus on medical history, symptoms, lifestyle and diet will be taken by the therapist. Particular oils will be selected and blended to assist with the treatment. As with all massage the therapist maintains privacy standards to protect modesty. Large towels are placed on the body to do this. Deeper pressure can be tender – but this tenderness should ease as the muscle is released.
What are the benefits?
The benefits vary as the depth and pressure can determine the comfort level
- Promotes comfort and relaxation
- Increases the oxygen levels in the blood
- Increases elasticity of the tissue
- Helps to manage minor pain or discomforts
- De-Stresses & Soothes the body
- Restores balance and health
- Releases a specific tension in the body
€50 (3 Treatments €135 T&C apply) Back/Head/Neck/Shoulder Massage
€60 (3 Treatments €170 T&C apply) Full Body Massage
45 mins – Back/Neck/Head/Shoulder Massage
75 mins – Full Body Massage