Swedish Massage

Massage has been used for thousands of years. A Chinese text dating as far back as 3000 years BC explains the body was stroked to prevent colds and other ailments. Hippocrates the Father of Medicine alive 460 to 359 BC recommended "a scented bath and an oiled massage everyday" The use of massage in the pursuit of health and wellbeing has been unbroken in Eastern cultures since the first references were made. However, Per Henrik Ling, an eighteenth century Swedish Physiologist is responsible for increasing the popularity of massage in Europe. Ling developed the massage movements effleurage, petrissage and tapotement known as the Swedish massage technique.

The soft tissues of the body are manipulated which has a positive effect on all the systems of the body. Swedish massage can improve muscle strength, tone and flexibility and can aid digestion and sleep, amongst other things. Advanced techniques maybe incorporated to alleviate particular problems caused by tense or strained muscles.