Swedish massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues, with the use of hands, fingers, thumbs and elbows. The term ‘soft tissue’ refers not only to the muscles, but also the tendons, ligaments and the fascia which surrounds all structures within the body.
Swedish massage, as we know it today, dates back to the 19th century and was developed by Professor Ling of Sweden. The preference then was to use talc; today carrier oils are more popular, mainly because of their therapeutic properties but also because they aid fluidity of movements, moisturise the skin and generally add to the relaxation value of the treatment.
It utilises long, gentle, gliding strokes called effleurage to initially warm up the muscles and calm the nervous system, followed by more vigorous strokes such as kneading, pummelling, and friction. These are designed to stimulate the flow of blood to the tissues, improve the lymphatic flow, breakdown adhesions, and lengthen and soften the tissue.
Cathy Fernie BSc (Hons)
New patient: £90 for 90 minutes. Follow up: £45 – £60 (45 – 60 mins), £90 (90 mins) £120 (120 mins)
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