What Is a Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is a special therapeutic and diagnostic system developed in the 19th century by Professor Per Ling.
The peculiarity of this technique is to work not only with the skin and muscles, but also with the joints. Today it is popular all over the world – thanks to the simplicity of the technique and effectiveness.

The Swedish massage technique involves performing a system of specific movements that increase blood circulation and restore the elasticity of muscle fibers. They also allow the joints to regain their flexibility and strength. It does not cause severe painful sensations. The main goal is recovery, but there is also a weight loss of 1-2 kilograms.

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Swedish Massage: Step-By-Step Technique

Before the procedure, you should warm your hands up well and apply oil to them. Oil is not applied to the skin itself. The technique includes several types of movements, which should be performed in stages:

  1. Stroking. At this stage the skin and muscles are prepared for the beginning of the active phase of the procedure. Hands lightly, gently and gently stroking the skin.
  2. Kneading. The skin is kneaded, squeezed and rolled – sprawling and more intense than on the first stage.
  3. Stretching. At this stage the skin is rubbed with the palm of the hand in a circular motion. This helps to increase blood flow and promotes healing of the scar tissue. Rubbing allows you to work with the deeper layers of the dermis.
  4. Vibration + tapping. Using the ridge of the palm, the hand, and the fingertips, the skin is tapped. The movements are fast and jerky, keeping the rhythm.

It takes about 70 percent of the time to rub, 10 percent of the time to knead, and 20 percent of the time to do everything else. Hands work in sync – actively and gently. Repeat the course at intervals of 1-2 months.

This technique allows painless acceleration of blood flow, helps in the treatment of arthritis and recovery from serious injuries. It also has an excellent anti-cellulite and cosmetic effect. This massage speeds up the outflow of lymph and tones the muscles.

Who can't have a Swedish massage?

Who can't have a Swedish massage

Like any other technique, Swedish has its own contraindications. They are as follows:

  • varicose veins;
  • thrombosis;
  • cancer, benign and malignant tumors;
  • thrombophlebitis;
  • hypertension;
  • skin diseases;
  • any mechanical damage to the skin: burns, wounds.

You should also avoid Swedish massage if you have gallstones. It should not be done during illnesses accompanied by fever – sore throat, flu, measles and others.


The maximum positive effect comes if the patient comes regularly for massage, combines it with gymnastics, swimming. P. Ling’s method deserves the attention of people with musculoskeletal problems. In addition to eliminating pain and discomfort when moving, one gets relaxation, improvement of tissue regeneration, normalization of lymph flow and blood flow.