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Top 10 Swedish Massage venues

  1. Anasa HealingAnasa Healing

    Anasa Healing

    219 Magill Road, Maylands 5069
    Rating:
    (11)
    Anasa Healing is a beautiful haven of calmness and healing. It combines acupressure, Swedish massage, remedial massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques.
  2. Envision MassageEnvision Massage

    Envision Massage

    Shop 34, 388 Newman Road, Geebung 4034
    Envision Massage is a modern massage clinic, offering caring, knowledgeable massage therapies including Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release.
  3. Revive Beauty ClinicRevive Beauty Clinic

    Revive Beauty Clinic

    Shop 3/20 Howard Road, Padstow 2211
    Rating:
    (29)
    Revive Beauty Clinic offers the ultimate in luxurious beauty treatments; skin needling, ultrasound fat cavitation and pro whitening teeth treatments.
  4. Siam Spa 168Siam Spa 168

    Siam Spa 168

    3/5 Davenport Street, Southport 4215
    Rating:
    (7)
    Indulge in the most relaxing spa experience at Siam Spa 168. The professionals offer deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, hot stone massage, and Thai massage.
  5. Arokaya St Kilda Thai MassageArokaya St Kilda Thai Massage

    Arokaya St Kilda Thai Massage

    120 St Kilda Road, St Kilda 3182
    Rating:
    (11)
    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.
  6. Splash BeautySplash Beauty

    Splash Beauty

    40 Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf & Bay Streets, Tweed Heads 2485
    Rating:
    (5)
    Splash Beauty offers convenience and fabulous treatments. Known for their fabulous facials, you can get microdermabrasion, waxing and eyelash extensions, too.
  7. Chang Sabai Thai Massage & SpaChang Sabai Thai Massage & Spa

    Chang Sabai Thai Massage & Spa

    451 Pitt Street (Level 2, Room 202), Haymarket 2000
    Rating:
    (1)
    For the best Thai massage, visit Chang Sabai Thai Massage & Spa. Their signature traditional Thai massage is amazing. Or, try their remedial and foot massage.
  8. Odyssey Massage at InterContinental SydneyOdyssey Massage at InterContinental Sydney

    Odyssey Massage at InterContinental Sydney

    Level 9 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney CBD 2000
    Relinquish your tensions to the healing hands of therapists at Odyssey Massage. Book in for a blissful Swedish massage, and bring your partner along too.
  9. Siwalee Massage & BeautySiwalee Massage & Beauty

    Siwalee Massage & Beauty

    Suite 2, Level 4, 600 George Street (Opposite Event Cinema), Sydney CBD 2000
    Siwalee Massage & Beauty works to ensure your health and beauty standards are met. Offering traditional Royal Thai Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and more.
  10. Endless BeautyEndless Beauty

    Endless Beauty

    4 / 116 Cockman Road, Greenwood 6024
    Rating:
    (40)
    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.

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.