Swedish Massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage in the Western world, hence also called ‘classic massage’. The therapist manipulates the tissues of the body with light to firm pressure, in accordance with the client’s preference, to treat sore muscles, tension, stress, and poor circulation. Massage oils or balms are used to facilitate the strokes applied. At Akana we use 100% organic balms.
Swedish Massage was developed by the Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling in the 1800s. Most Western massage modalities have their origins in Swedish massage, and the majority of massage therapists in the West are trained in Swedish massage before they learn any other massage techniques.
The Swedish Massage offered by Akana takes a holistic approach. The term ‘holistic’ derives from the ancient Greek word ‘holos’, which means ‘whole’. By definition, Holistic Massage treats the whole of the body as a single unity, taking into account various factors of lifestyle to customise the treatment, to promote circulation of blood and lymph, aid relaxation, help to free from tension and reduce stress.