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What is Swedish tissue massage definition?

The modality which we know as Swedish tissue massage is a popular therapeutic massage which is the most recognised massage therapy across the UK and often associated with pampering. It involves manipulation of the superficial layers of your muscles to improve your mental and physical health. It is a relaxing therapy, whilst being therapeutic.

We can combine this with deep oscillation therapy or perhaps ultrasonic cavitation if this will speed up your sports rehabilitation programme.

Charlie Botha ITEC

Your ITEC qualified massage therapist


Questions & Answers


Swedish tissue massage routine

At Essential Feeling, we don’t have a standard routine. This is because we work around what you need and will use a variety of the above massage techniques to give you the best result. We may do a full body massage or focus on a specific area — this also depends on how much time you have booked too.

It is important, therefore, that you tell us what you need. If you’re looking for improved muscle tone, we’ll work you differently to if you want to mentally escape life for an hour. You must never be afraid to speak up.


Swedish tissue massage description

When you have a Swedish tissue massage, you’ll lie on a therapy table. Your therapist will drape you with two lovely towels. You’ll undress while your therapist is out of the room and you’ll only have the area exposed as it is being worked. So, for instance, if we’re doing your legs, we’ll uncover one leg, massage it, cover it again and then move to the next. We respect your modesty at all times. If you’re uncomfortable with removing your clothing, then we have a selection of clothed therapies which you may prefer.

We use a gentle, non-allergenic, unscented oil for our work which nourishes your skin.

Your therapist will use a combination of whichever of the above Swedish tissue massage techniques will get you the best result based on your personal problems. Please say if there is one or more that you don’t like. That goes for the pressure too. We’ll use a firm pressure to ease your tissues, but we can adapt to whatever works best. And you won’t offend us, so don’t worry!


Swedish tissue massage benefits

Massage therapy has very few long-term side effects and as long as you use a registered and qualified therapist (as we are at Essential Feeling) then you’ll be able to enjoy many benefits with little downside. Some benefits include:
*Increased blood circulation
*Mental and physical relaxation
*Improves length and quality of sleep
*Decreased stress levels and calms your nervous system
*Enhances your concentration
*Reduced muscle tension — loosens tight muscles and stretches connective tissues
*Improved range of motion by loosening joints
*Gives relief from cramps and muscle spasms. Reduces muscle fatigue.
*Firms up muscle and skin tone
*It’s great at reducing a ton of symptoms of our regular daily life such as (but not limited to) arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic and acute pain syndromes,myofascial pain and headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
*Boosts your body’s ability to remove metabolic waste
*Overall sense of wellness
*Supports your immune system


Swedish massage techniques

Swedish tissue massage therapy involves many relaxation techniques. Your therapist may use their hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate tissue.

Within this they can use several techniques such as percussion (tapping), tapotement, long gliding strokes, friction and kneading the soft tissue of your body.

Sometimes your therapist will also include passive or active movement.

Classic Swedish tissue massage techniques include:

This is the most common stroke in Swedish tissue massage therapy. It comprises free-flowing long strokes which glide over your skin towards your heart. It traces the contours of your body and your therapist will use the palm of one or both of their hands.

We use this to warm up and relax your muscles, and hence then thaw your body. It also calms your nerves and improves blood circulation, which improves the functioning of your heart.


Petrissage strokes involve kneading your tissue by squeezing, rolling, lifting your flesh between your therapist’s hands. We use this to release muscle tension and again; it improves your blood flow with all the associated added benefits.


This works on deeper muscles by using a pressured stroke. It is the deepest form of massage therapy techniques included within the Swedish modality. Your Swedish tissue massage therapist will push the weight of their body through the palm of their hands or their thumbs/ fingers/ knuckles/ back of forearms and then release that pressure. Following this is a continuous sliding motion over the top or a group of continuous circular movements.


This is a popular and relaxing type of style where your therapist will shake your flesh with their hand or fingers. They’ll do this over a few unique spots to release muscle tension in areas where your muscles are small (face/ along your spine).


This percussion is a choppy, rhythmic movement which moves fast to stimulate and tone your muscles. It can include cupping (with hands) or hacking or pummelling.

This is an invigorating technique that you either love or hate.

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Swedish massage define some research

We’ve written a page documents the research on Swedish massage therapy, concluding in most cases beneficial effects.

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Swedish tissue massage history

There are many types of massage. The modality known as Swedish tissue massage therapy is a Western massage. A Swedish guy named Per Henrik Ling unsurprisingly invented it. What is surprising is that he was a fencing instructor. When he injured his elbow, he tapped himself by tapping it. Today we call this percussion strokes.

They brought it from Sweden to the USA by two brothers, Dr Charles and Dr George Taylor in the 1850s.




Swedish tissue massage vs deep tissue massage

While we’ve said above, that one technique that your Swedish tissue massage therapist may use is their arms and elbows and full body pressure. But, one of the key difference between Swedish tissue massage and deep tissue is that in deep tissue work is that the pressure is more targeted.

For example, the Swedish tissue massage is a soothing modality, which is why this massage is the most popular in the UK. However, deep tissue focuses on fixing problem areas. Therefore, your massage specialist will put their entire weight through the pointy part of their elbow, rather than their forearm, which will include some part of their elbow as they would in Swedish.

This makes up a much deeper and concentrated pressure.


Why can’t I have a Swedish tissue massage?

We pride ourselves on making you better, not making you worse, and so there are some reasons why a Swedish tissue massage isn’t the best therapy. Follow the link below to the page that explains about the best therapy we can offer you:
*Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
*broken bones, fractures , dislocations, or severe sprains
*body areas that are inflamed, swollen or bruised
*recent surgery
*severe pain
*kidney disease
*large hernias
*certain kinds of cancer


There are also other conditions which mean we don’t have a therapy that we are comfortable with providing you. These are:

*contagious diseases (including colds)
*open or unhealed sores or wounds
*varicose veins
*torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
*high blood pressure or heart problems
*history of phlebitis or thrombosis (These patients may have blood clots that may become dislodged and travel to the lungs, with potentially fatal results.)
*drug treatment with blood thinners (These medications increase the risk of bleeding under the skin.)

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Christine Langan
17:08 15 Nov 21
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18:03 26 Oct 21
Been visiting Essential Feeling for a few years now. Charlton helped to rehab my shoulder post rotater cuff surgery but... in general I have deep tissue massages. I always leave feeling light and brand new. Highly more
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I cancelled my appointment due to illness and I was expecting to receive a refund almost four weeks ago and no refund... issued. Don't waste time calling they don't answer their phone. I understand their services are good. However, very poor customer more
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18:35 28 Aug 21
I came to see Karen after booking in for a double massage for myself and my partner (he's had massages before, I... haven't) and am amazed at how much of difference one session has made already. Karen and Charlton made us feel comfortable immediately and were both so friendly and warm. They were professional throughout and dealt with both our needs separately. We're both keen to visit again.Both obviously very skilled at what they do.Highly more
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17:27 16 Jul 21
Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential... Feelings. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable about what I need to help with healing after surgery. He was very helpful, flexible and a good communicator. I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages. Thank you Charlie and more
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19:09 12 Jul 21
I've had a few reflexology sessions with Karen so far this year, and a few sessions in my previous pregnancy. Also a... few massages. Both Karen and Charlton are very friendly and professional. Karen is very knowledgeable and give lots of helpful advice. The place is very cozy/clean and in current situation they are able to meet Covid restrictions. Even my husband went to get a massage. Highly more
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Emma Hancock
08:29 07 Jul 21
I have always wanted to try reflexology but usually opted for massage instead. However, now I've experienced two... reflexology sessions with Karen, I think I'm a convert! Both sessions have left me feeling calm, restored and well rested. I also had to change the time of my first session and Karen reponded really quickly and was happy to adjust it. I'm really happy with the service and am definitely going to be a new regular more
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Manpreet Kaur
15:23 14 Jun 21
I’ve always been skeptical of massages and whether I’m receiving one that’s beneficial for my body as well as worth the... money. I have to say I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Essential Feeling is hands down one of the best massage treatments I have received as well as worth the money. Being currently pregnant too, I was worried that I would be in more pain after the massage however Charlton ensured that my deep tissue massage was tailored to my needs as well as helped with any stiffness and back pain I was experiencing. Karen was also super helpful during my reflexology massage, ensuring that I was relaxed and bought a lot of the swelling in my feet down. My mother also had a deep tissue massage from Charlton who again tailored it to her needs as she has a bad lower back as well as a lovely reflexology massage from Karen. Me and my mum felt that both massage therapists are very professional and solely cater to the needs of the client. They are both also very knowledgeable in the massages they deliver as well as any issues a person has individually with their body. Absolutely wonderful service and wonderful massages! Will definitely be making a return!read more
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