What is a Swedish Massage - and what's 'Swedish' about it?
Swedish massage is so-called because it was introduced at the University of Stockholm in the late 18th century, by a physiologist named Pehr Henrik Ling. Ling used his knowledge of anatomy and physiology as a basis for his therapeutic massage methods rather than the popular energy producing massages widely accepted in Europe and Asia at the time. This method is the foundation for many other forms of modern massage therapies including deep tissue, sports massage and aromatherapy. So effectively we can say that Ling is the 'godfather' of all other forms of massage we understand today!
Because Swedish massage is based upon a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy and physiology it should only be performed by trained and licensed massage therapists. Depending on the needs and medical condition of the individual, a Swedish massage will be performed with slow and gentle movements, or vigorous and bracing ones. The choice of treatment is based upon the needs of the individual and dependent on the desired results and individual preferences.
A licensed massage therapist will establish a full health history, asking about recent injuries or other medical conditions that may affect the results of the session. They will take into consideration things such as: any pain you may be experiencing; any allergies you could possibly have to massage products; and other important medical conditions (for example diabetes) when developing the best program for you.