Swedish Massage

Welcome to Head to Toe Holistic Therapy

Hypnotherapy, Reflexology and Swedish Massage

Contact Information

P 01303 239740

M 07506 765119

E louise@head-toe.com

Louise Matthews

HDipCT, Dip.Reflex, Hyp.Dip, CNHC, BAThH

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is the general type of massage that comes to mind when we think of a massage.  It is a holistic treatment (meaning that it treats the whole body) with its primary goal of the technique is to relax the entire body. We do this by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.  Pressure can be as gentle or as firm as you require.  Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

A study conducted by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.

About Swedish Massage


Full body £45 ‘extra 15 minutes for first appointment’

Back, neck and shoulder £40

Holistic facial £40

All 45 minutes


About your treatment?

Before treatment commences I would go through a thorough medical check with you to ensure that Swedish Massage would be suitable.  I would then identify your needs – you may feel that a relaxing massage without any specific goal apart from relaxation would suite you or there may be areas you would like me to concentrate on.  A lot of us hold stress in our shoulders so a back, neck and head massage is popular.  Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching.