Swedish is the basic form of all Western modern methods of massage. It was developed by Per Henrik Ling in Sweden in the 1820s. Ling who is also the father of Swedish gymnastics and a pioneer of modern physiotherapy rediscovered massage, forgotten in the West for centuries since the collapse of the Roman Empire. He combined ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Roman techniques with the modern physiology.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles, and also:

· Improves circulation
· Relief of muscle tension
· Relief of carpal tunnel syndrome
· Enhancements to and maintenance of chiropractic adjustments
· General feelings of relaxation and well being

Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.


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