What is Swedish massage?


The best known and most demanded massage in the world.

But do we know exactly what a Swedish massage is?

Is it a strong or gentle pressure massage?

Is it of Swedish origin?

Are gels or oils used? Which?

Where can I get a good Swedish massage in Spain?

What are its benefits?

In this post we help you solve all the doubts about the classic Swedish massage.

We are going to dissect the Swedish massage to solve all the possible questions when booking this fantastic massage.

What is a Swedish Massage?

The first thing to know is that Swedish massage is a type of massage that is usually applied on a stretcher. To facilitate and speed up the movements on the skin, oil or massage cream is usually used, we particularly recommend sweet Almond oil.

The client must receive the semi-nude massage covering the genital area with a disposable Slip or Panties. The pressure is exerted directly with the hands on the selected area to be treated or the entire body.


How long should a Swedish massage last?

The time will always be stipulated by the professional, depending on the client’s needs, but some general parameters would be the following:

A localized Swedish massage. that is, back, neck, or extremities should be within an average time of 30 to 35 minutes.

But we mean a full body Swedish massage. The massage should last approximately 55 to 60 minutes.


How many maneuvers are used to perform correctly in Swedish massage?

  1. Effleurage
  2. Petrissage
  3. Friction
  4. Vibration (Shaking)
  5. Tapotement

(For professionals in the sector at the end of the post we will leave an extensive description of each maneuver)


Is the Swedish massage a deep tissue massage to treat muscle tension and tension or is it more of a gentle and relaxing massage?

This is where the main question of Swedish massage is generated.

How can you deduce with this brief information the Swedish massage consists of a very extensive training and technique, which allows us to select the massage to measure. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that make Swedish massage the most demanded in the world. You can choose the soft intensity or deep tissue depending on your desire or needs. But we will always recommend that you let the professional do a preliminary examination of the situation and needs of your state to exercise the maneuvers and pressure that best suit your body when receiving the massage.

With which we can conclude this question by affirming that the Swedish massage is a massage so complete in its techniques that you must agree with the therapist the pressure you want in the service. Leaving the choice of the same to enter to treat contractures and muscle tension or simply proceed to a Swedish massage of a softer or more relaxing nature.


What is the origin of Swedish massage?

It was Don Per Henrik Ling where the honor of being the founder of classical Swedish massage falls between (1776-1839)

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing techniques in the world since it is nourished instead of massages from roots in Chinese, Egyptian and Hindu civilizations, but, above all, in the Greco-Roman. Inspired by all of them, the Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) created a complete system of physical exercises with the aim of correcting and strengthening body deficiencies known as the ‘Ling system of movement’, which combined exercise, massage and sauna.

To develop his technique, Ling was inspired by his great knowledge of anatomy, physical education, fencing, and his belief in the power of thought over the mind. And to demonstrate the efficacy of his findings, he decided to found the Royal Gymnastics Central Institute in 1814 in Stockholm.

Although it took a century for his work to be fully recognized and his techniques used, first in the United States and, later, in Europe. Today, most Western therapeutic massage modalities have their origin in Swedish massage.



Where can you get a good Swedish massage in Spain?

At Full Vitality Spa we have developed the most complete Swedish massage based on classic concepts and with the original passes of this demanded service. You can select the intensity of the Swedish massage or you can let our professionals evaluate you so that they can offer you tailor-made Swedish massages for you. You can get the original classic massage with the passes created by the celebrated Per Henrik Ling. Here.

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What are the benefits of Swedish massage?

Loosens tight muscles and stretches connective tissues
Relieves muscle cramps and spasms and reduces muscle fatigue
Relaxes joints and improves range of motion
Increase in muscle strength
Calms the nervous system
Stimulates blood circulation
Firms muscle and skin tone
Reduces symptoms of disorders such as asthma, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic and acute pain syndromes, myofacial pain, headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and sports injuries.
Accelerates healing from injuries and illnesses
Improve lymphatic drainage of metabolic waste.


What are the mental and emotional benefits of Swedish massage?

The mental benefits associated with Swedish massage are as follows:

Mental relaxation
Improvement in the duration and quality of sleep
Relief from stress, depression, anxiety and irritation
Greater ability to concentrate
Enhanced feeling of well-being


Places where I can receive a Swedish massage from Full Vitality spa?

You can receive the classic Swedish massage in all our physical centers and through our home service platform for all of Spain.
Cádiz: Tarifa, Cádiz. Zahara de los tunas, Cádiz Sotogrande, Cádiz. Algeciras, Cádiz.

Malaga: Estepona, Malaga. Marbella, Malaga. Benahavis, Malaga. Puerto Banus, Malaga. Mijas, Malaga. Fuengirola Malaga. Torremolinos, Malaga. Benalmádena, Malaga. Malaga, Malaga. Victory corner. Malaga. Nerja, Malaga.

Granada: Granada center. Grenade. Sierra Nevada, Granada.

Madrid: Madrid Centro, Fuencarral, El pardo, Moncloa, Aravaca, Tetuán, Hortaleza, Chamartín, Ciudad Lineal, Barrio de Salamanca, San Blas, Barajas, Centro Madrid, Retiro, Arganzuela, Villaverde, Usera, Latina, Carabanchel, Vicálvaro, Majadahonda , Las Rozas, Boadilla del Monte.


How are the 5 key techniques of Swedish massage?

If you are passionate about massages and want more complete information, we leave you a detailed description of each manipulation, if you want more or would like to take training. Get in touch with Full Vitality Spa contact and we will recommend the best schools according to the geographical area where you reside.

We hope this post was of interest to you.

Swedish massage maneuvers:

It consists of applying very gentle pressure with the tips of the fingers of the hands across the surface of the body. In principle it is used to generate relaxation and does not have much effect on the neuromuscular system. In the same way, feather-light strokes are not commonly used during a typical massage therapy session, however, it is often used for head massages.

1.1 Surface effleurage: This is the most common approach to tackling the utilization of effleurage. It is used at the beginning of the massage to apply oil and warm the muscles and tissues of the body. The movements are performed using an open palm across a wide area of ​​the body with varying degrees of pressure to achieve blood circulation.

1.2 Deeper effleurage: This approach is similar to superficial effleurage, but uses more pressure, particularly in areas of the body, especially in areas that are tight and very knotty.

2. Petrissage (Kneading)
After the muscles have been warmed up by the effleurage movements, the next technique that follows is petrissage. Petrissage comes from the French word «petrir», which means «to knead». The technique is generally applied by manually compressing soft tissues to an area through rhythmic kneading, squeezing or rolling. These movements are particularly useful for stretching and loosening tight muscles, which even need an increase in blood circulation and help detoxify the body. Just as there are several ways to apply petrissage, the four most common are:

2.1 Kneading: Kneading is the most common approach to petrissage and the movements are often compared to what the baker does when kneading the dough.
It is applied by lifting the soft tissues in an area, then squeezing and rolling in a circular and rhythmic way, using both palms of the hands. The amount of pressure applied varies, but kneading is especially helpful for deep muscle penetration.

2.2 Wringing: Wringing, is similar to kneading, since it begins by compressing the soft tissue of the area against the structure that supports it (bones, etc.) before being lifted, squeezed and rolled.
2.3 Rolling: Rolling is applied by lifting and twisting soft tissues in an oblique pattern. This face of the petrissage is applied both for muscle fibers (muscle roll) or in the epidermis (skin roll).
2.4 Lifting: Lifting is similar to kneading, but instead of applying compression movements with both palms, it is done with the thumb, index, and middle fingers.
Petrissage offers many therapeutic benefits to patients with tense or damaged muscles because it can be applied in different ways and with varying degrees of pressure.

In Swedish massage, Friction refers to a friction-focused technique that is applied to a specific area, usually using only the fingers or thumbs. Compression is often applied in a circular rhythm (circular friction) or in a perpendicular rhythm (transverse friction).

The combination of precision and pressure. makes friction ideal for smoothing and realigning tight muscle fibers and for treating special joints such as those in the elbow.

4. Vibration (Shaking)
As the name suggests, the vibration technique is applied by rhythmically shaking an area of ​​the body to loosen and relax the body. The intensity and pressure of the technique depends on the area of ​​the body being treated, but can be performed in a number of ways, such as using both palms across a large area, such as the back or fingers in small, sensitive areas. like the face. It is especially useful for loosening nerves and treating heavily scarred areas of tissue.

5. Tapotement
Tapotement is a French word that means tapping or drumming. This technique consists of applying rhythmic movements along the patient’s body. The tapping sensations are used to stimulate the circulation of blood and endorphins in the body. For this reason tapotement is particularly useful to relax the muscles and to improve lymphatic drainage.

The amount of pressure or force used in this technique varies depending on the needs of the patient, but there are five common approaches to applying tapotement:

Beating or hammering: Beating lightly (with a hammer movement) using a closed fist. This approach is especially useful for applying force to a large area, such as the back.

Hacking: Gently tapping using the edge of the hands. Hacking is especially useful for applying force firmly to a small area. This is the most common of the tapotement approaches and is often described as a karate strike by those who do not know its name.

Slapping: Gentle slapping using the palms of the hands. This technique is especially useful for muscle stimulation.

Tapping: Quick taps using the fingertips. This is the gentlest approach in terms of strength and is used in patients with special sensitivity.

Cupping: Gently tapping using the cup-shaped hand. This resource is used to apply deep force over large areas.

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