Swedish Massage is one of the most common types of massage and combines various techniques including kneading and friction to help break up muscle knots, called adhesions. Plant based oils nourish the skin and help the therapist to work on the body. The massage can be slow and gentle or more vigorous, depending on the client’s wishes.
The father of Swedish massage was Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839), a physiologist and fencing master. He developed a system called ‘Medical Gymnastics’ which included this form of massage and became known as the ‘Swedish Movement Cure’. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage or classic massage.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fibre) and vibration.
Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. It can also be used to increase circulation.
Swedish Massage at The Carrick Clinic
|Back, neck & shoulders||½ hour||£22.00|
|Full body||1 hour||£35.00|