Swedish Massage

What is a Swedish massage?

If it's your first time having a massage or you don't get massage often, Swedish massage is a great place to start. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports and deep tissue massage. The concept of Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on "meridiens" or sen lines in Asian massage systems. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist's personal style and what he or she is trying to achieve.

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What are the benefits of a Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension in your body. The purpose of this type of massage is to promote relaxation, rather than address specific symptoms, and research studies have shown that it lowers the level of stress hormone “cortisol” within the body.

What happens during a Swedish Massage?

Here at Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic, our qualified Swedish Massage therapist Clare will take a health history and ask you about your preferences before you begin. With candles, music and relaxing aromatherapy it’s a wonderful way to start your day!

In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s also best not to get a massage if you are ill as this could end up making you feel even more wiped out.

After a brief chat, the therapist will explain how to lie on the table and will step out to allow you to undress and cover yourself with towels. You are then ready to simply let go and relax!

Clare Biddle, Massage Therapist

Clare Biddle

Sports & Swedish Massage Therapist

My passion for soft tissue treatment and injury rehabilitation began when I was 10 years old and suffered a sports injury myself. It made me realise how Sports Massage Therapy can really make a difference and help other people to feel better. Upon leaving school at 16 I trained for two years in general massage […]

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What our patients say

Colin, chiropractic testimonial


The combination of chiropractic adjustments and massage has really worked and I have now recommended the clinic to others. The acupuncture came as a surprise, that wasn't my plan. But it's clearly working.

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Kate, chiropractic testimonial


I was really surprised by the instant relief I experienced after my first adjustment. Happily, I was able to sleep much better that night despite lugging my toddler around all day!

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Ramsey, massage therapy testimonial


As a keen cyclist in my spare time, it would really get me down when I was in too much pain to get out on the bike. However, following several sessions with Jack, I feel in much less pain, and can get back on the bike on weekends!

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Jenny, chiropractic testimonial


I have had 8 sessions of chiropractic, including acupuncture, and during this time my pain problems have significantly improved. I also had a massage during this time as the two therapies compliment each other well.

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