a simple guide to

Swedish Massage in Glasgow

Honestly, when was the last time you gave yourself a treat?

No, not like a chocolate bar or a pint.

A real treat. You know, one that is actually good for you!

Something that makes you feel better about yourself both physically and mentally.

If nothing comes to mind right away, don't worry!

It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day.

The truth is though, if you don't give yourself a little TLC from time to time, then running out of steam is just about inevitable!

What ends up happening is you have less positive energy to share with others.

And... well, it's just a downward cycle from there isn't it?

Hangry ain't got nothing on tired, achy and grumpy!

That is where Swedish massage can help you.

"I'm interested... tell me, what is Swedish massage?"

The Swedish is a light treatment that's perfectly suited for massage newbies.

It's kind of like the Goldie Locks of massage therapy.

Not too deep, not too light.

Juuuuust right in the middle except the benefits from our massage treatments aren't fictional!

If you're a keen bean and want to learn about the specific moves used in Swedish massage then click the toggle below. However, it's not necessary and most people actually prefer not to know about them!

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Swedish massage is a light massage treatment that involves using a combination of five core movements: effleurage, petrissage, vibration, friction and tapotement. All Western massage therapies are based on these movements so if you've had any other type of treatment before, there's a good chance you'll recognise them. If you're super keen on learning about what each of the movements do, just click the toggles below. The key takeaway though is that they all work together to provide mild levels of relief from muscle tension as well as helping you to relax at the same time.

Effleurage is used at the introductory stages of your massage treatment to warm up your muscles and get you feeling all calm and relaxed. Although there isn’t a lot of muscle manipulation going on at this point, it’s actually the most important part of your treatment. Reason being, if you’re feeling tense and agitated when the deeper strokes take place, they won’t have as much of an effect. The long and slow gliding strokes used during effleurage will help you ease into the treatment and are repeated several times before moving onto the next phase.

If you’ve ever seen someone kneading bread before, then you’ll easily be able to grasp the idea of petrissage! Squeezing together their fingers and thumbs, your therapist will work softer muscle areas to start the process of breaking down the knots and nodules. The motion is very much circular and rhythmic which helps you to relax (even whilst the tension starts to be broken down).

On first glance, vibration isn’t something that you’d normally associate with a massage treatment. However, when done right, these techniques are extremely effective in stimulating and relaxing the muscles. In a motion very much similar to that of petrissage, the fingers, thumbs and palms are used to hold onto the soft tissue areas with a light pressure where they are gently shaken back and forth. This is great for loosening up tight areas and relaxing the whole body, whilst also energising the muscles and helping to flush out the built-up toxins being released.

Friction is often over complicated in massage therapy with funky words like ‘transverse movements’ that make it difficult to understand. However, it’s actually really simple. Friction is all about the application and release of resistance. By creating a movement in one direction and opposing it with a force in the other, it helps to strip back and release the tense areas of muscle, making you feel flexible again. There are two types of friction movement that your therapist may use: Circular Friction targets a more precise area of tension by using the steady, circular rotations with the fingers and thumbs. Transverse Friction works much larger regions of body and often involves the use of palms, knuckles and even elbows to get right into those nasty knots!

I bet you’re wondering why on earth anyone would enjoy what looks like a karate chopping movement on the areas of their body that have just been massaged… Tapping movements work by performing short rhythmic bursts on fleshy parts of the body. When you initially, receive tapotement, it can feel slightly uncomfortable, but once you relax into it and just accept that it’s happening, it starts to get really interesting! With the rhythm of the movement, your nerves start to react in a seemingly involuntary way. It’s kind of like they’re doing their own thing. And, it’s through that acceptance of the fact that you cannot control what’s happening to you in the moment that you really let go. Not just from muscle tension, but also of mental stress too. Which is why this movement is so powerful. It’s typically used last in the sequence as the muscles need to be well warmed up before its application.


"What are the benefits?"

1. You'll feel calm and relaxed

You know those crazy thoughts that run through your brain, like all the time?

Well, after your massage, they'll be gone!


Just like that.

No, it's not magic. It's just what happens when you become really focused on the present.

You see, massage is kind of like a cheat code to feeling good about yourself and your circumstances.

And, let's be honest who doesn't want that?

2. You'll be able to move more freely

Let's talk muscles.

If you're a human, that means you use them everyday to do stuff like:

Pick things up, put things down, walk to places, run to places, cycle to places...the list goes on.

Few people realise this though...

Even when you're sitting down, seemingly doing nothing, you're probably still working those muscles!

It sounds bizarre doesn't it?

However, if you slouch in weird positions then your body still activates them.

Although it sounds like a free workout, unfortunately, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

If you stay in the slouchy position too long, the muscles get all tensed up.

And, EVENTUALLY, they become happier being tense rather than relaxed which, trust us, won't make you happy.

In fact, it's a roadtrip to pain and discomfort that ain't fun.

Swedish massage was literally designed to help loosen up those stubborn areas and return them to their normal state again.

That means the discomfort goes away and you can turn your frown upside down!

3. No counting sheep!

This is actually more of a bonus benefit, really.

After you saunter back to your house and creep into bed for a sleep, you'll notice how easy it is to drift off.

Your mind will be so relaxed and your body will feel so at easy that you'll be dreaming about happy times within minutes of laying your head to rest.

And, when you wake up? Well, you'll feel fresh as a daisy. 

Fun fact: Swedish massage isn't Swedish!

Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish fencing instructor, has often been credited with the invention of the Swedish massage. However, the actual inventor was a Dutch man named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger created the therapy as we know it today and used strokes with French names which resulted in a mix-up with Ling's movement programme and Swedish Massage getting it's name!

why choose Deserved Massage?

1. We know our stuff

Although just about anyone can do a relatively acceptable massage (in fact, we actually encourage you to massage your friends), the truth is that learning the theory of how to massage counts. Instead of just massaging an area generally with the same generic movements, our therapists are able to tap into each of the different motions available in Swedish massage to help you get rid of the tension whilst relaxing at the same time!

2. Relaxing and functional

There tends to be two types of massage therapy space. First, there's the super relaxing spa environment where it's all petals and no lights meaning the therapist can't see what they're doing. Then, there's the second which just out and out looks like a doctor's clinic which means you can't relax. We have done our utmost to make sure our space in Glasgow for Swedish massage blends the best parts of these together, giving you a relaxing treatment that allows our therapists to see what they're doing!

3. We don't treat you like a number

Another gripe that we heard people have with massage therapists is that they cut treatment times short. Instead of getting the full hour you pay for, they only give you 45 minutes! We thought that was unfair and therefore make sure that, as long as you arrive on time, you get the full amount of treatment time you pay for.

4. Easy to get to

Lastly, our studio is located in Finniestion which is slap bang in the middle of the West End and City Centre of Glasgow which makes it easy for you to get to.

our reviews

"This is going to be my go-to for a massage in Glasgow now. This was my second visit and Tara is just amazing. My notes were on file from my first visit (something I’ve never seen at any other massage appointment!) so Tara knew exactly what my issues were and what I needed. I love that the time it takes for the consultation and undressing isn’t included in the massage time. I literally floated home after and have felt amazing ever since. Hoping to make this a regular monthly visit!"

- Kristen, Swedish Massage Client

"Room was lovely & massage was great. Staff were very nice & helpful. Would certainly recommend."

- Allison, Swedish Massage Client

"My 2nd massage with Deserved Massage was even better than the first! Staff are very friendly, the treatment was very professional and felt lovely and relaxing and the new treat was to discover the heated pad. Only problem: you don't want to get up and leave when it's done! :)"

- Shirly, Swedish Massage Client

"Full explanation throughout and great after care advice. Thank you! Have booked up for another session! Totally recommend you try them out!"

- Linda, Swedish Massage Client

"Very impressed with the massage, the facilities were fantastic and I will definitely recommend to my friends and hope to be back."

- Leeanne, Swedish Massage Client

"One of the best massages I've had in a long time! I will definitely be returning for more sessions. Highly recommend!"

- Mallory, Swedish Massage Client

I have various sore areas in my back and legs due to prior injury and my job, but today am feeling very comfortable and more relaxed! Would definitely recommend!

- Jess, Swedish Massage Client

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