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Top 20 Swedish Massage venues

Here is our pick for the top venues offering Swedish Massage from around Australia.

  1. My Personal Therapy
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    My Personal Therapy

    256 Carlisle Street, Balaclava 3183
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  2. Anasa Healing
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    Anasa Healing

    219 Magill Road, Maylands 5069
    Anasa Healing is a beautiful haven of calmness and healing. It combines acupressure, Swedish massage, remedial massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques.
    (19)
  3. Eye on Beauty (inside HAIRayz Salon)
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    Eye on Beauty (inside HAIRayz Salon)

    Shop 11 Upstairs in Bronberg Plaza (inside HAIRayz Salon), 138-152 Slatyer Avenue, Bundall, Bundall 4217
    Eye On Beauty is your salon for amazing facials and extractions, therapeutic massage, brow and lash tinting, makeup and sunless tanning.
    (6)
  4. White Orchid Thai Day Spa
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    White Orchid Thai Day Spa

    137A Sylvan Road, Toowong 4066
    Eltham Remedial Massage Clinic offers state-of-the-art facilities and experienced professionals to rehabilitate a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints.
    (9)
  5. Revive Beauty Clinic
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    Revive Beauty Clinic

    Shop 3/20 Howard Road, Padstow 2211
    Revive Beauty Clinic offers the ultimate in luxurious beauty treatments; skin needling, ultrasound fat cavitation and pro whitening teeth treatments.
    (84)
  6. Queens Thai Massage
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    Queens Thai Massage

    Shop 1 / 104 Railway Street, Corrimal 2518
    Queens Thai Massage is a tranquil authentic Thai massage studio. Let your worries melt away with traditional Thai, remedial, oil, or deep tissue massage.
    (6)
  7. Endless Beauty
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    Endless Beauty

    161 Blackall Drive , Greenwood 6024
    Endless Beauty in Greenwood offers all you need to look and feel amazing. They use Naturaceuticals and Skin O2 products to offer the best treatment in skin.
    (87)
  8. Arokaya St Kilda Thai Massage
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    Arokaya St Kilda Thai Massage

    120 St Kilda Road, St Kilda 3182
    For true therapy and relaxation, book in with Arokaya St Kilda Thai Massage. Fell all your stresses and strains melt away with the signature Thai massage.
    (25)
  9. Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy
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    Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy

    37 Coral Fern Drive, Cooroibah 4565
    Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy is a truly gifted healer. Bill's services include Sports, Remedial, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, and Shiatsu.
    (6)
  10. Sansabai Herbal Thai Massage
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    Sansabai Herbal Thai Massage

    1742 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads 4220
    An oasis of relaxation and bliss awaits you at Sansabai Herbal Thai Massage. Indulge in hot stone therapy, reflexology, or traditional Thai or Swedish massage.
    (11)
  11. Eassa Day Spa
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    Eassa Day Spa

    34 Hindley Street, Adelaide CBD 5000
    Eassa Day Spa offers a range of treatments including facials, cosmetic injectables, Thai massage, pregnancy massage, and eye, neck and décolletage treatments.
    (8)
  12. Unique Eyebrows & Day Spa
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    Unique Eyebrows & Day Spa

    1 127 Military Road, Neutral Bay 2089
    Unique Eyebrows & Day Spa, your personal beauty specialist. Feel totally amazing and choose from eyebrow and lash treatments, facials, hair styling and massage.
    (16)
  13. Hair and Beauty Touch
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    Hair and Beauty Touch

    78 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea 3185
    Pamper yourself and come to Hair and Beauty Touch. The skilled beauty therapists offer hair styling and colouring, Keratin treatments, facials, and makeup.
    (6)
  14. A Tight Knot Massage
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    A Tight Knot Massage

    16 Magnolia Avenue, Hollywell 4216
    A Tight Knot Massage is a bespoke massage therapy clinic specializing in remedial massage and alternative therapies to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation in Hollywell.
    (6)
  15. Glamshell Beauty
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    Glamshell Beauty

    63 Ferguson Street, Williamstown 3016
    Glamshell Beauty, the place for all your beauty and spa needs including nails, brow and lash treatments, plus waxing. Or spoil yourself with a Spa Package.
    (94)
  16. Wax'n Shape
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    Wax'n Shape

    206a William Street, Earlwood 2206
    Wax’n Shape will leave you feeling great! Treat yourself to a great new look with services including waxing, eyebrow shaping, haircut and colour, and facials.
    (8)
  17. Yantis Hair and Nails
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    Yantis Hair and Nails

    830 2/830 Anzac Parade, Maroubra 2035
    Yantis Hair and Nails are experts in all things beauty, including haircuts and colours, and Bio Sculpture nails. They also offer microblading brow feathering.
    (10)
  18. Sunero Hair and Beauty Centre
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    Sunero Hair and Beauty Centre

    3 159 Logan Road, Woolloongabba 4102
    Sunero Hair and Beauty Centre offer top-notch hairstyling, colouring, cutting, perming and straightening. Finish off with a wax, facial or eyelash treatment.
    (14)
  19. Splash Beauty
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    Splash Beauty

    40 Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf & Bay Streets, Tweed Heads 2485
    Splash Beauty offers convenience and fabulous treatments. Known for their fabulous facials, you can get microdermabrasion, waxing and eyelash extensions, too.
    (35)
  20. Maison de Linda Skin & Beauty
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    Maison de Linda Skin & Beauty

    7 / 214-216 Victoria Street, Richmond 3121
    Maison de Linda Skin & Beauty is a professional skin and beauty clinic in Richmond providing advanced skincare and beauty treatments in a modern studio location.
    (11)
Average rating of venues offering Swedish Massage across Australia
4.8 · based on 643 reviews of 183 venues

Swedish Massage

Whether you’re a massage newbie, or you’re after a relaxing, no frills rub down without the fuss, Swedish massage is one of the best places to start. It’s one of the most popular types of massage in the Western world and is totally customisable depending on what you and your massage therapist are trying to achieve.

In contrast to Asian massage techniques, which focus on energy, flow and “chi”, Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology.

What’s the big deal?

Swedish massage and it’s varied techniques form the basis for many other types of massage, including deep tissue, sports and aromatherapy massage, so there really is something for everyone.

Swedish massage was originally invented by Pehr Henrik Ling, a Swede, who combined sports medicine and gymnastic techniques to create a method for relieving sore muscles. However, Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger is often credited with defining the original strokes that make up its method.

Apart from in English and Dutch speaking countries, Swedish massage is actually referred to as “classic” massage around the world.

What can you expect from a Swedish massage?

The main aim of Swedish massage therapy is to relax the body and mind. This is accomplished by targeted rubbing of the muscles with long, smooth strokes - no slapping, pinching or prodding here, thank you very much.

Other benefits include increased blood circulation, decreased stress and muscle tension and an improved range of motion. A standard Swedish massage session can last anywhere between 30-90 minutes, and should cover most major muscle groups in the body.

Prior to your massage, a trained therapist will ask you whether you suffer from any existing injuries, or whether there’s any particular part of the body you’d like them to focus on. When it comes to getting a massage, or any kind of treatment for that matter, one of the most important things to remember is that communication is key. Your therapist might be a trained expert, but they’re probably not a mind reader (though if they are, we’d like to meet them).

You’ll usually be asked to lie face down on the massage table, your modesty covered with a towel, of course. The therapist will then apply some oil or lotion, and get to work.

Swedish Massage Techniques

To give you a better idea of what to expect, here’s a breakdown of the five main techniques used within Swedish massage therapy:

  • Effleurage, which involves long, sweeping strokes alternating between light and firm pressure.
  • Petrissage, a technique which involves kneading the muscles to achieve deeper penetration, using the thumbs and knuckles.
  • Tapotement, which involves steady, rhythmic tapping using cupped hands, which helps to simultaneously loosen and stimulate the muscles. Think of it as a kind of pared back, karate chop technique.
  • Friction, which uses rapid movement to create heat within the muscles. This is often used as a sort of warm-up to prepare the muscles for deeper massage.
  • Vibration, or shaking, where the therapist will use a back and forth action of the fingertips or heel of the hand to help loosen up and relax the muscles.

Phew! Sounds like a lot to take in, but the main thing you need to remember when getting a Swedish massage is that all strokes should go in the direction of the flow of blood towards the heart.

Whether you’re after slow and gentle, or vigorous and intense, Bookwell’s curated directory of trained and licensed Swedish massage therapists will have you on your way to relaxation town in no time.