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What is Swedish Massage?

Article by Dr Peter Richard Pedersen


Swedish Massage

Swedish massage, is the most common form of massage therapy. When most people refer to massage, it is this style that usually comes to mind, in fact, it is frequently called "massage therapy". Developed in the late 19th centuryby Per Henrik Ling, who surprises, Swedish, it is a great introduction to massage for those wishing to experience their first massage.

Massage therapists use long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil or lotion. This is generally relaxing massage. It should not hurt!

How Does Swedish Massage Work?

Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.


Why Do People Get Swedish Massage?

For relaxation or for a variety of health conditions:

  • Back pain 

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis 

  • Stress relief and stress-related conditions 

  • Headaches and migraines 

  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains 

  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome 

  • Circulatory and respiratory problems 

  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation

Massage therapy relieves stress. It is thought to help the body's stress response by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol. Massage therapy also appears to enhance immune function.

What a Typical Massage Therapy Session is Like

A typical massage therapy session is between 40 and 90 minutes. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. Not a medical inquisition...just enough information to ensure that you do not suffer from any condition that might contra-indicate massage.

You will be asked to undress (keep your undies on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, then you lie face down on a padded massage table. You may be given a towel or sheet to cover yourself with, but really, no need to. (Just keep your undies on!)

The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the face rest and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Most of your body will then be draped so that only the area being worked on will be exposed. It's all very proper! Always tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold.

The massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage. A full body massage usually begins on the back and then moves down to the legs. You will then be asked to turn over so you are face up. The massage continues on your arms, legs, neck, and abdomen.

Remember, you are underneath the towel or sheet at all times and in our practice, Your Health Matters at Nerang, only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.

After the massage, the massage therapist removes as much of the oil or lotion as possible, with a fresh hot, moist towel. Our towels are heated in a sterilising autoclave/oven... even on a Queenlsand summer's day, the hot towel is a great finish to massage.

The massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed.

Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. A rehydrating drink of Metagenics Endura will be ready for you. (It is a pleasant tasting magnesium and mineral salt drink)

Will Swedish Massage Hurt?

Massage therapy shouldn't hurt! Occasionally there is bit of tenderness when the massage therapist applies pressure over "knots" and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know.

How Will I Feel After a Massage?

Most people feel extra calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild drowsyness for a while. If you don't want to drive immediately after a massage, enjoy a cuppa and biscuit in our lounge.


Massage therapy is not recommended for certain people:

  • People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds.

  • Immediately after surgery.

  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor.

  • People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.

  • If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage.

  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.

  • Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.

Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Additional Massage Tips

Don't eat a heavy meal before the massage. Have a shower beforehand if at all possible.

If it's your first time at our clinic, Your Health Matters, arrive at 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. 


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