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Top 20 Swedish Massage Therapists
Here's our pick for the top Swedish massage therapists.

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  1. My Personal Therapy

    My Personal Therapy

    256 Carlisle Street, Balaclava 3183
    (273)
    My Personal Therapy is a serene spa on Carlisle Street in Balaclava, where you can enjoy a revitalising massage treatment from experienced professionals.
    Next available: Today 4:15 PM
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  2. Lavish Face and Body

    Lavish Face and Body

    248 Sunshine Avenue, Kealba 3021
    (50)
    Lavish Face and Body is a beauty studio in Kealba offering high quality skin and beauty treatments.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  3. Glamshell Beauty

    Glamshell Beauty

    63 Ferguson Street, Williamstown 3016
    (126)
    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.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  4. Endless Beauty

    Endless Beauty

    161 Blackall Drive , Greenwood 6024
    (111)
    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.
    Next available: Today 4:45 PM
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  5. Sugared + Bronzed

    Sugared + Bronzed

    40 Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf & Bay Streets, Tweed Heads 2485
    (42)
    Sugar + Bronzed in Tweed Mall has got all your beauty services sorted. For facials, lash/brow treatments and massages, book online with Bookwell.
    Next available: Today 4:15 PM
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  6. Alora Wellness

    Alora Wellness

    617 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122
    (1)
    **OPEN NOW FOR REMEDIAL MASSAGE** Had a stressful week? Suffering from tight knots or tense muscles? Treat yourself to the ultimate experience in relaxation at Alora Wellness on Burwood Road in Hawthorn.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  7. Lovely Beauty Lounge

    Lovely Beauty Lounge

    Shop 1 / 868 Old Cleveland Road, Carina 4152
    (2)
    Lovely Beauty Lounge is chic beauty studio in the heart of Carina offering flawless beauty treatments and customer service.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  8. Maison de Linda Skin & Beauty

    Maison de Linda Skin & Beauty

    7 / 214-216 Victoria Street, Richmond 3121
    (17)
    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.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  9. Allure Skin

    Allure Skin

    337-339 La Trobe Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    (1)
    Allure Skin, a luxury salon offering a range of skin treatments, beauty remedies and tanning therapies. Specialising in the best facials, IPL and waxing.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  10. Anasa Healing

    Anasa Healing

    219 Magill Road, Maylands 5069
    (26)
    Anasa Healing is a beautiful haven of calmness and healing. It combines acupressure, Swedish massage, remedial massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  11. Sansabai Herbal Thai Massage

    Sansabai Herbal Thai Massage

    1742 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads 4220
    (27)
    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.
    Next available: Today 4:20 PM
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  12. Pure Intentions Beauty

    Pure Intentions Beauty

    33 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood 3134
    (31)
    Pure Intentions Beauty is a specialist beauty clinic offering beauty treatments in a chic clinic in Ringwood.
    Next available: Today 5:15 PM
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  13. Serenity Advanced Beauty

    Serenity Advanced Beauty

    1 / 11 Adelaide Road, Gawler South 5118
    Serenity Advanced Beauty is a boutique beauty and cosmetic tattooing located in Gawler South.
    Next available: Wed, 3 of Feb
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  14. Unique Eyebrows & Day Spa

    Unique Eyebrows & Day Spa

    1 / 127 Military Road, Neutral Bay 2089
    (18)
    Unique Eyebrows & Day Spa, your personal beauty specialist. Feel totally amazing and choose from eyebrow and lash treatments, facials, hair styling and massage.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  15. Healthy Life Clinic

    Healthy Life Clinic

    2/91 Dorset Road, Ferntree Gully, Ferntree Gully 3156
    For revitalising massage and physiotherapy treatments that will have you feeling like a whole new person, visit Healthy Life Clinic in Ferntree Gully.
    Next available: Today 4:15 PM
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  16. Harmony Remedial Thai Massage

    Harmony Remedial Thai Massage

    Shop 8 / 254 Kingsgrove Road, Kingsgrove 2208
    (8)
    Harmony Remedial Thai Massage is your go-to for great massage in Kingsgrove. Let the team of expert massage therapists rejuvenate your body with relaxing or rigorous therapy.
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  17. Arokaya St Kilda Thai Massage

    Arokaya St Kilda Thai Massage

    120 St Kilda Road, St Kilda 3182
    (36)
    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.
    Next available: Today 6:30 PM
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  18. Skin Solutions Clinic

    Skin Solutions Clinic

    602 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham 3132
    (3)
    Skin Solutions is an innovative advanced skin centre in Mitcham specialising in skin rejuvenation therapies in a modern setting.
    Next available: Thu, 28 of Jan
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  19. Eye on Beauty

    Eye on Beauty

    Shop 11 Upstairs in Bronberg Plaza (inside HAIRayz Salon), 138-152 Slatyer Avenue, Bundall 4217
    (10)
    Eye On Beauty is your salon for amazing facials and extractions, therapeutic massage, brow and lash tinting, makeup and sunless tanning.
    Next available: Today 3:30 PM
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  20. Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy

    Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy

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