Swedish Massage is renowned for its positive effects on the body and mind. The various movements benefit the skin, blood vessels, lymphatic system, nerves and some internal organs. The more vigorous movements result in a speeding up of the body’s physiology, whilst the slow, gentle movements have soothing effects, calming the nerves and enabling the client to relax.

Aviva Holistics has a range of massage medium available. Each client will receive a massage using the most appropriate oil or cream for their skin type.

We offer three relaxing alternatives.


Back, shoulder and neck Swedish massage 3/4 hour £40.00
Full body Swedish massage 1 hour £45.00
Intensive stress-busting massage using advanced Swedish massage movements concentrating on the back and shoulders. 11/2 hours £50.00
Woman having massage
History of Swedish Massage

It is generally believed that the word massage is derived from the Arabic ‘mass’ or ‘mash’, meaning to press softly. It is thought to be as old as man himself because to hold or rub an injured part is an instinctive reaction to pain. Ancient writings prove that the Chinese had a system of massage at least 5000 years ago, as did the Hindus, the Japanese and the Ancient Egyptians.

This medical use of massage appears to have been transferred to the Roman Empire. Calen, who lived in Rome approximately 1800 years ago, was an advocate of massage in the treatment of injuries and certain diseases.

In the early 1800’s a Swede, Henreich Ling, developed a specific massage and exercise routine based on physiology. The modern concept of Swedish massage is thus attributed to Ling. Swedish massage may be defined as “the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes”. It is traditionally performed with talcum powder and this is applied over the client with a deep pressure. Many therapists now use oils use for their positive effect on the skin.

In 1899 Sir William Bennett reintroduced massage to the medical profession and inaugurated a massage department at St George’s Hospital, London.

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