Swedish Massage in London is probably the most well known or recognised massage in the West. It’s the one you’ll see in James Bond films or adverts for spas. If you are new to massage it’s a perfect place to start.
A Swedish Massage involves the rhythmic application of a range of massage strokes and techniques as part of a highly relaxing routine. It is a gentle style of massage designed to help the client relax and unwind. It is performed on a massage couch and using massage oil and towels used to provide warmth and maintain modesty. A Swedish Massage can be slow, gentle and relaxing or more rigorous and stimulating. Your preference may depend upon the time of the day or what you feel your body needs at the time. Light, medium or deep pressure preferences will also be tailored to each individual client.
Swedish Massage was developed in the 19th century by the Swedish Per Henrik Ling. It is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to the energy work on meridians or sen lines as in Asian massage systems such as Thai Yoga Massage. It is a massage treatment that manipulates the body’s soft tissue, affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Swedish Massage is a perfect massage for combating stress and promoting well-being. Swedish Massage is a totally natural complementary therapy. It aids the healing powers of the body to return to a state of health and well-being.
Swedish Massage can benefit almost anyone, many use it to simply treat themselves and enjoy the deep state of relaxation or value the importance of taking time out for oneself. Swedish Massage has many health benefits, these include helping to relieve tension-related conditions such as headaches and muscular pain, improving skin tone and increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissues. It stretches connective tissue and increases joint mobility and range of movement. Many illnesses are related to stress and Swedish Massage helps to combat and prevent this.
Before a Swedish Massage, the therapist will require a brief consultation. Any injuries, other medical conditions or issues will be discussed. Areas of tightness and pain and massage preferences will also be listened to. After the consultation the therapist will ask the client to undress to their underwear, giving them a clean towel and instructing them how to lie on the massage couch while they leave the area to provide privacy and respect.
A Swedish Massage will usually start with the client lying face down on a massage couch with your head in a specifically designed hole in the couch. This is so the spine stays neutral and there is no discomfort from turning your head to the side. The therapist will use massage oil and perform various massage strokes to warm up the muscle tissue, release tension and promote relaxation. A Swedish Massage will cover most areas of the body, mainly the legs, back, neck, head, arms and feet. An abdominal massage is optional and some clients prefer certain areas to be not massaged, such as the face or feet.
Is Swedish Massage London Safe For Pregnant Women?
Swedish Massage is absolutely safe for pregnant women – at any clinic that has an understanding of prenatal massages. I have special tools and tables for pregnant women, and change the positions often for your convenience
When Should I Not Have A Swedish Massage London?
If you are struggling with an illness, flu or if you feel dizzy for example – it is important to stabilise your health before going for a massage.
How Long Does a Swedish Massage take?
A Swedish Massage usually lasts an hour, however, shorter or longer sessions can be accommodated. Aftercare advice will be provided at the close of the treatment.