Swedish Massage (Classic)
You may wonder if the Swedish massage is actually from Sweden. Unfortunately, that is not the case – it did not originate in Sweden. In Europe, it’s usually referred to as a classic massage, which was originally put together and created by Dutch practitioner John Georg Mezger. It consists of specific strokes including efflurage (sliding movements), petrissage (kneading movements), friction (rubbing), vibration and percussion techniques. Includes passive and active joint movements, stretching and bending of the joints (with our assistance).
Swedish massage utilizes a firm and light pressure on the muscles, producing long, gliding strokes. This massage focuses on the muscles and improving their flexibility. It is very stimulating to the skin, helping reduce emotional and physical stresses in the body. While stimulating the nervous system, the massage additionally improves blood oxygenation, which helps to flush out any toxins or metabolic waste products our bodies produce (such as lactic acids and uric acids).
So why isn’t it called “the Dutch Massage”? Well, the confusion boils down to a mix-up in translation. Mezger was a Dutch doctor with a formal interest in gymnastics (which he practiced at the Gymnast Institute in Amsterdam). In 1868, he passed his doctoral exam (at our very own Leiden University!) and wrote his dissertation, which would serve as the therapeutic basis for Swedish Massage. His work was confused with (though in the same field) with the works of a Swedish educator and a medical pioneer in physical therapy – Per Henrik Ling. At that time, much of the literature was printed in French. The mix up occured when translations were made from French to individual European languages. The similarities with the work of Ling, have led to the (wrongful) accreditation in history of Ling for the massage and in turn confusing the origins (and name) of this massage modality as Swedish.
While both men have had notable contributions to physical therapy, it was the Dutch doctor who codified and applied the specific techniques used in the massage to give it its form.
30 minutes / € 40.-
60 minutes / € 60.-
Good to know
- The Five techniques used as described by Mezger are
– Effleurage: Long, gliding strokes
– Petrissage: Kneading of the muscles
– Friction: Firm, Circular rubbing motion
– Tapotement: Tapping or percussive movements
– Vibration: Shaking particular muscles
- Please discuss your complaints and wishes before the massage so that we can customize it to your specific needs
- This massage can be performed on naked body (covered with sheet) as well as with clothes on.
Increases blood flow, which further quickens the removal of bodily wastes
Lifts mood and relieves anxiety
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Monday: 10:00 – 20:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 20:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00
Friday: 10:00 – 20:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00