Swedish massage in Glasgow

It’s Time To Look After Yourself.

When you’re feeling a bit on the low side, a Swedish is the perfect treat!

How Are You Feeling today?


Had trouble sleeping?


Making poor decisions?


Damaging relationships?


Feeling lost and misguided?


Struggling to concentrate?


Feeling emotional and reactive?

A Swedish massage will help you overcome these!

What is a Swedish Massage?

Known in Sweden as simply the ‘classic’, it’s the most well-known and popular type of massage in the world. 

Developed using anatomical and physiological research and principles, it forms the basis for all Western techniques. This means that the technique is slightly scientific in how it works on the body, rather than some Eastern techniques that rely on the transfer of energy and other more abstract ideas.

With its roots in biology and science, the Swedish massage is guaranteed to be good for you and your body. It’s lighter than other types such as Deep Tissue or Sports Massage, so it is often recommended for beginners: choose Swedish if this is your first time!

A little history…

The exact origin of Swedish massage is the subject of some debate…

In the 19th century, a fencing master at the University of Stockholm, Per Henrik Ling, developed a massage technique to help athletes with their flexibility and posture. His technique was popularised by visiting athletes and physicians who thought he called it his ‘Swedish Movement System’. Ling has often been credited as the creator of the Swedish massage.

But that’s not the whole truth!

Two research physicians, Emil Kleen and Richard Hael, found that a Dutch masseuse named Johan Georg Mezger, was in fact responsible for the methodology that we know and practice today. He developed and named the five key massage movements that are essential in all types of massage.

Kleen and Hael believe Mezger to be the real creator, but even so, the term ‘Swedish massage’ has cottoned on and has now become widely in the UK, United States and in some parts of Europe.

Read on to learn about Mezger’s 5 movements and how they can help you…

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What does Swedish massage involve?

Mezger developed and named five movements that are used in Swedish massage: effleurage, petrissagetapotement, vibration and friction. 

During your treatment these movements will vary in pressure and length depending upon your needs. 

Each technique plays an important part in the massage and has been carefully designed to relax your body, release your tension and reduce your stress.

Effleurage (or stroking)

This is the introductory phase of your massage and the most basic movement; however, it is also the most important.

Effleurage is used to get you ready for your treatment; it warms your muscles and soothes your mind.

Using either the flat of the hand or a soft brush, long and slow strokes are made all over the body. The pressure level is light and the speed is steady throughout. These strokes are repeated several times before moving onto the next phase.

The movement follows the direction of blood flow to the heart; this is to improve your circulation and increase oxygen levels in your blood. This will help relax your muscles and flush out any toxins.

Effleurage also helps you to feel comfortable and ready for your massage.

Effleurage Massage Movement
Petrissage Massage Movement


Pettrisage is the second phase of your massage and the main event you’ve been waiting for! This is where the real indulgence begins…

This is when your knots - tight and tense areas of the muscle tissue - are found and your therapist gets right to work on them.

Usually starting with the shoulders and working down, your therapist works the soft tissue between their fingers, thumbs and base of their palms; firmly ‘kneading’ the muscles in a circular, rhythmic motion gradually breaks up the tension and as you drift away into peaceful bliss, your knots will have drifted away too.

The pressure is increased during this phase to really get those knots worked out. This is why effleurage is so important! The muscles need to be relaxed before too much pressure is applied to avoid any discomfort.

You can always let your therapist know if the pressure is too much or too little; everybody’s needs are different and together you will find the pressure that is right for you.

Remember: this massage is for you! You deserve this

Tapotement (percussion / tapping)

Time for more indulgence! Friction is a firm movement designed to create heat on the skin and the muscles. Heat therapy is used to help your muscles stay relaxed after their knots have been worked.

By applying pressure to either precise areas or along the whole body, gentle friction is created by the force of the movement. Your therapist may even use heated oils at this point, which feels wonderful and helps your whole body relax and enjoy the experience.

There are two types of friction movement that your therapist will use.

One is called Circular Friction. Applying a firm amount of pressure to a precise area of tension and using the fingers or thumbs, steady, circular rotations are made on the area and generates heat straight to the muscle.

The second is called Transverse Friction. This involves a sliding motion down the whole body. Your therapist will use larger surface areas for more pressure, like their palms, knuckles or even their elbows, to create heat across all your muscles.

Always let your therapist know if the temperature or pressure is too high or too low.

Tapotement Massage Movement
Friction Massage Movement


Vibration, also called shaking, is an great way to stimulate and relax the muscles at the same time.

This phase uses a similar movement to pettrisage: the fingers, thumbs and palms knead the soft tissue again, but now with pressure so light it gently rocks or shakes the body.

This is particularly good for loosening tight areas and relaxing the whole body, whilst also energizing the muscles and helping to flush out the built-up toxins being released.

Like all the movements, this can easily be tailored to suit your personal needs.


This is another technique used to both relax and reenergize the muscles simultaneously.

A rhythmic ‘tapping’ is performed on fleshy parts of the body. This stimulates the skin and the improves muscle reflexivity.

Tapotement has many variations like chopping, pummelling and tapping, and differ mostly by the area of the hand used and the pressure applied. Don’t worry, only gentle tapping is necessary in Swedish massage.

This is usually the last phase as it helps to softly ease you to the end of the session.

Vibration Massage Movement

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits have been tested numerous times over the last 50 years with a recent study noting:

“A single session of Swedish massage produces measurable biological effects and may have an effect on the immune system.” - Link to study.

Here are just six of the benefits you can typically enjoy:

Makes You Feel Relaxed

Swedish massage is by far the most requested type of massage for a reason: it is easy-going, gentle, but most of all, it is the perfect recipe for complete relaxation.

It addresses all the major muscles groups and helps to reduce tension and stiffness and increase muscle strength.

Humans perform to the best of their abilities when they’re calm and relaxed; a regular Swedish massage can lead to getting more done throughout your day feeling, and ultimately, helping you feel happier.

It is especially beneficial if you are at the end of a busy week and in need of a reward. Take the break you deserve with an hour away from the world!

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Increases Blood Circulation

Swedish massage has been proven to increase oxygen levels in the blood. This helps keep your muscles healthy and energised by clearing away the flushed out toxins faster and more efficiently.

Better blood circulation means better body functions: the body relies on oxygen in the blood to be carried to all the muscles and a regular, massage can help you achieve healthier circulation.

Strengthens Immune System

Many people want a massage when they are feeling stressed and this is the smart thing to do. Everyone feels stress on different levels, but it is dangerous to feel stressed for too long.

The stress hormone, cortisol, can significantly decrease your immune system’s ability to fight off colds and infections.

Massage can dramatically reduce cortisol levels following regular treatments. Additionally, it can help increase the numbers of white blood cells that stimulate the body’s natural resistance to infection and disease.

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Makes You Feel Happier!

As we mentioned above, Swedish massage has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This leads to increased levels of lymphocytes, but it also leads to a boost of healthy hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

Massage works a lot like yoga: regular, gentle work on the muscles relieves anxiety and stress and helps prevent irritation. This can also help you cope with problems like depression and insomnia.

Swedish massage is also ideal for people suffering from chronic fatigue. You deserve to feel good, and the physical benefits of a massage extend to your mental health: you feel refreshed, re-charged and re-energised.

Helps You Recover From Injury & Illness

The healing or recovery time from injuries and illnesses can be long and frustrating for many people because of the limits to their exercise routine.

It is important to allow the body plenty of time to heal after injury or operations; gentle treatments like Swedish massage are ideal for recovery patients who need to stimulate their muscles without excessive physical activity.

Note: please inform your therapist of any recent injuries upon your arrival and also consult with your doctor beforehand to see if you are ready for massage therapy.

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Better Skin Tone

As Swedish massage improves circulation and helps keep blood flow healthy, this in turn promotes a glowing skin tone and complexion!

A regular treatment can help keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. It is important to stay hydrated, both before and after your massage. This is to help flush out the toxins that have been worked out and released during your massage. 


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Our Swedish Massage Specialists

Tara McAllister

Tara McAllister

With over 20 years experience in massage therapy, Tara is undoubtedly one of the most experienced therapists in Glasgow. She has treated a huge range of clients, helping them to regain focus and control of their minds.

Tara McAllister

Stephanie Doherty

Stephanie’s experience in helping others to overcome stress & anxiety makes her an excellent choice for anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed

Why choose Deserved Massage?

We’ve taken great care to create a relaxing experience unlike any other.

We understand that everyone is different and likewise, their symptoms are unique unto themselves.

Therefore, every client who comes to our studio receives a full, complimentary consultation so we can better understand their needs.

We take time to get to know your goals so that we can create a specific treatment that is tailored to your needs.

This pre-treatment allows our therapists to go miles further when working on your massage.

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You Get A Full Consultation

We believe that people deserve to live and work at their best. In fact, it’s in our name!

Being at your peak should feel like a regular occurrence rather than just a one-off.

The only way to achieve that - in our books - is to get to know what is weighing you down.

We always start off treatments with a full-consultation to get to know your needs.

That way, we can craft a customised massage treatment for you.

Additionally, after your treatment, it’s important that you take good care of yourself to ensure the treatment lasts so we’ll give you a run through of the do’s and don’ts too.

Plus, none of this consultation time will eat into your massage session!

Experienced Therapists

It’s one thing understanding that you’ve got issues that need resolved, but it’s another thing altogether knowing what to do to solve them.

Our massage specialists have extensive experience in helping clients relax and quieten their mind.

By applying proven massage techniques with the right amount of pressure, you’ll notice the difference!

A Relaxing Treatment Room

We noticed that most massage treatment rooms fell into one of two categories…

1) Spa-like havens that are great for hanging out with friends but not clinical enough to allow therapists to get deep into the nasty knots.

2) Doctor’s surgery-like environments that are good for addressing problems but don’t help you relax.

So, we decided to create a studio with the best of both worlds.

At Deserved Massage, you can enjoy a relaxing, peaceful environment and relieve tension at the same time.


The last thing you want to be doing when going for any kind of massage is to worry about where you’re going.

Our studio is located in Finniestion which is right between the City Centre and West End of Glasgow.

PLUS - it’s down a small lane allowing you to get away from the hustle bustle of the busy streets.

Money-back Guarantee

With thousands of happy customers we’re delighted to offer a 100% money-back guarantee with all our treatments. If you are at all unsatisfied, please just email us 24-hours post-treatment to let us know what went wrong and we’ll make sure you are satisfied.

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