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Swedish Massage Course

Swedish Massage Course (1 or 2 Days)


Swedish massage is a series of touches and movements that creates relaxation, improved circulation, reduced muscle and emotional tension, improved flexibility, and easing of pain.

It is accepted that Dr. Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) created the programme that we refer to today as “Swedish Massage.” Dr. Ling was a lifelong scholar, whose extensive travels ultimately contributed to his poor health.

Ling suffered from a variety of ailments, including rheumatism, lung disease, and gout. So he took up fencing to improve his conditions and ease his chronic pain. However; he soon realised that fencing was not enough to relieve his pain. It was then that he began developing a programme that he called “medical gymnastics.”

Ling understood the value of touch, and this led him to found The Royal Central Gymnastic Institute in 1813. During the rest of his life Dr. Ling researched these process, which was called the “Swedish Movements” in Europe and the “Swedish Movement Cure” in the USA

According to medical, “…because the skin is the largest organ of the body, massage causes a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body.”

Swedish Massage Course content

Swedish massage typically consists of three basic movements performed on muscles and joints. Some people say there are seven basic movements. (See the bullet points below).

1) Effleurage, is a series of long, gliding strokes going in the direction of blood flow to the heart. Usually, the massage therapist will start with the leg or the back; however, there are no hard and fast rules on which part of the body to start the massage.

2) Petrissage involves rolling, kneading or squeezing of soft tissue. Typically, this movement follows effleurage; but, again, the order in which these touches occur are not set in stone and many therapists choose the order of touch in response to the subtle signals they receive from the body during treatment.

3) Tapotement, friction and vibration are movements used to help loosen, relax and energise the muscles. They can be done with a cupped hand, the fingers, or the edges of the hands and they are also helpful in reducing scar tissue and increasing blood flow.

The teaching will also include

  • how to set the scene for a massage
  • contraindications for Swedish Massage
  • the correct client positions for Swedish Massage
  • how to perform the basic Swedish Massage techniques
    — Effleurage (stroking)
    — Petrissage (kneading)
    — Tapotement (friction, cupping, hacking, beating and pounding)
  • the benefits of each massage movement
  • common errors to avoid during a massage
  • massage sequences for the back/neck, upper chest, legs/feet, arms and hands
  • simple hand exercises to improve flexibility, strength and to heighten sensitivity.

Course Structure

This course is run over one day and runs from 9.30am to 4pm. I ask students to arrive in reception by 9.15am for a prompt start.

You will learn the theory of the treatment firstly, and spend the majority of the day practising your practical skills, with a short break for lunch. You will be required to give and receive body massage treatments as part of this course, working with other students

Demonstration of Swedish massage course
woman during Swedish Massage Training Course

Swedish Massage Course entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 and does not require any prior attainment for the Certificate level training.

If you are looking to enter the professional arena and work on paying clients you must take the Diploma level training. This will entail home study of our Anatomy and Physiology course prior to attending the live practice session.

I welcome students of all abilities and experience.

The training day

You will give and receive body massage treatments as part of this course. Group students and pairs work upon each other so no models are required. Students will be used as models for demonstrations of massage strokes and draping. This is undertaken by me - Dr. Richard Wain.

If the training is on a 1-2-1 basis you will be worked on by me and vice versa. You may bring your own model - this must be arranged in advance.

Massage couches, couch covers and paper rolls are inclusive. But on the training day, you must bring your own oil, a hand and bath/beach towel for your personal use. I recommend a light almond oil but you may choose a different on. The oil must be fragrance free.

Tea, coffee, water and biscuits are provided on the day. You may bring your own lunch or but it locally. There are very good catering facilities on site during week days.


What qualification will you receive?

You must successfully completed your training course to the required standard. You will then receive a printed and signed Certificate or Diploma depending on the course you completed.



The diploma allows you to obtain Public Liability insurance so you can start offering treatments to paying clients.

Cressingham Massage and Reiki has a special discounted insurance scheme for you to take advantage of.


How to book your Swedish Massage Course

The first thing to do is contact Richard by email giving you phone number. He will call you back to discuss the training with you or you can come to the Dartford office to speak to him in person.

The training day/s will be booked at this time.

I no longer take card payments in my office or over the phone. Nor instalments by direct debit.

I will accept bank transfers.

Below is a payment gateway - secure, online checkout. It allows you to pay in full or make a deposit payment.

Fees quoted for the courses are for 1-2-1 teaching.

2-3 people booking and training together will receive a 25% discount per person. (£130)

4 or more booking and training together will receive a 33% discount per person. (£115)

Please ask for details on how to pay for group discounts.

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