Swedish Relaxation

The Classic Swedish Massages

Over time, the body builds up unhealthy amounts of stress hormones in response to work deadlines, traffic jams, relationship problems and more. These hormones can cause physical problems, like digestive issues, headaches and sleeplessness. Relaxation therapies decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body, leaving clients feeling completely relaxed and rested, even after the session is over. The techniques used during Swedish massages trigger changes in the brain’s chemistry, resulting in reduced stress and an improved mood.

When people think of a classical relaxation, it really is the Swedish Relaxation style that they have in mind – likely without even realizing it.  The Swedish style is specifically developed to help the body relax.  This particular method uses softer methods than some of the other modalities. After you have enjoyed just a few treatments at our Fuquay-Varina location, we have no doubt that you will be feeling the rejuvenating energy, the improved blood flow, and the reduced muscle tension.  If you have never experienced this before, this is definitely the place to start.

History of Swedish Body Massages

Swedish body massages emerged in Europe in the early 1800s. A Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839), travelled to China and returned with a detailed insight into their massaging techniques. From this he developed his own system of massages, combining his knowledge of physiology, gymnastics, Chinese, Greek, Roman and Egyptian techniques. Several of the techniques he formulated are used nowadays, including effleurage, petrissage, shakings, rotation, friction, rolling and slapping. This is modern Swedish Body Massaging Therapy.

The Swedish Relaxation technique is, as mentioned, pretty much the classic style.  It is the basis of most of the Western-style massages that would follow. The style spawned many other massages such as Hot Stone, aromatherapy, as well as many other sports and wellness treatments . We promise that you’re going to love these massages. Again, if you’ve never had any bodywork done – start here – you won’t be sorry!

What is Swedish Relaxation?

This modality primarily focuses on stretching out those ligaments and tendons that get tightened up so that you can increase general flexibility and suppleness. The Swedish style will boost your blood flow.  Massaging in the Swedish style squeezes out the muscles, much like squeezing water out of a sponge, allowing increased blood flow and fresh oxygenated blood can then enter the muscles and lactic and uric acid, as well as other toxins are washed out of the muscles.  If you’ve suffered any miscellaneous muscular strain or injury, your recovery time should be greatly reduced.  Even though the gentle Swedish strokes will invigorate and stimulate your nerves, they will nonetheless be gently soothed by this therapy.  Your final result? Pure relaxation, reduction of stress with your overall energy and vigor increased!

Swedish Relaxation Techniques (YouTube)

Benefits of Swedish Relaxation


  • Relaxes you and induces sleep
  • Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Improves function and appearance of skin
  • Helps to break down fatty tissue and cellulite
  • Relaxes tight muscles and improves the function and tone
  • Maintains/ increases mobility of bones, as well as increasing circulation and nourishment of bones
  • Improves posture
  • Relieves stiff joints
  • Improves digestion, constipation and flatulence
  • Encourages deeper and more relaxed breathing
  • Helps to reduce stress
  • Provides a sense of well being

The health benefits derived from this therapy are improved circulation which will aid in reducing the swelling caused by specific harms and will help dissolve scar tissue caused by specific kinds of harms. Swedish massage also relaxes and reduces the tension of the massage customer which assists in controlling high blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. During a Swedish massage, the body’s nerves are stimulated and soothed at exactly the same time, allowing for tension release from the body’s muscles and providing for an complete anxiety decrease and awareness of well being, and is frequently the kind of massage urged for stress management.

The skin also benefits from Swedish relaxation. The skin is stimulated and blood flow raised to the skin, which will help in keeping the skin surface soft and pliable along with the underlying muscles and tendons. The purpose of  these massages would be to increase the oxygen flow in the blood to all regions of the human body to accelerate healing after an injury, and to empower muscles to release any toxins they may comprise like lactic acid, uric acid and any metabolic waste, all of which can cause muscle stiffness, soreness and even muscle spasms.

Swedish massages can help those who have problems with osteoarthritis, by reducing arthritis pain and raising flexibility of muscles, ligaments and affected joints.

What makes this one so special?

Following a session, most guests report feeling not merely relaxed, but entirely rejuvenated. This feeling is imputed to the release of dopamine and serotonin during Swedish relaxation. These hormones are accountable for happiness and feelings of overall well-being. Studies show that during Swedish relaxation therapy, processes in the right lobe of the brain, which is more effective when people are depressed, is reduced, and activity in the left lobe is raised. The left lobe is most active when people are happy, and therapeutic body work kicks that space of the brain into high gear.

Swedish Relaxation creates a general, all-around “relaxation response” and really reduces any effects that stress may be causing to you and your body. As well, our therapies also minimize the effects of any of other problems.  This style will have a cumulative effect on overall stress reduction.  Going forward, continued massaging will  help improve your body’s reactions to stress.  Honestly, with regular therapy, you will find those little annoying things that would bother you become a whole lot less troubling for you!  Additionally, any pain or discomfort should start to melt away. Toxins in your body should start to lower and your quality of life should increase.  Now that is some sort of benefit!

Find out more about our other massaging techniques