The classic massage – also known as "Swedish massage" – is characteristic of its stretching, pulling and pressing movements. These affect the skin, connective tissue and muscles. The classical massage in its present form was developed by Pehr Henrik Ling (1776-1839) in Stockholm.
Massage is one of the oldest known healing methods of mankind. Its origins go back to the year 2600 BC. In Europe it was rediscovered and described as a form of therapy only in the course of the 16th century by the physician Paracelsus. In the present it is no longer performed by doctors but by specially trained masseurs and physiotherapists.
Local increase in blood flow
lowering of blood pressure and pulse frequency
Relaxation of the musculature
Lösen of adhesions and scars
Improved wound healing
Acting on internal organs via reflexes
Reduction of stress
improvement of the cell metabolism in the tissue
Relaxation of skin and connective tissue
Positive influence on the autonomic nervous system
It causes an increase in blood circulation in the treated muscle groups, connective tissue and skin. When used correctly, adhesions of the connective tissue, also known as fascia, are dissolved.
In addition, an increased cell metabolism takes place in the tissue due to the improved blood circulation. Further positive effects are a measurable reduction of the pulse frequency and a related lowering of blood pressure, as well as the reduction of stress symptoms. In many cases patients also report less pain and faster wound healing.
The massage is most frequently used for diseases of the musculoskeletal system. These illnesses can be in the form of tension, chronic muscular pain and tissue contractions. This technique is also used in neurology. Among other things, spasticity and sensitivity are treated by targeted massages.
A distinction is made between a partial and a full treatment. The partial body massage focuses on a specific part of the body. The sub-areas are divided into muscles, legs, arms, abdomen, chest and face. The full body massage, on the other hand, includes all body regions. It is rarely prescribed as medical therapy.
One differentiates between local (locally limited) and general contraindications:
Febrile diseases (inflammations with fever e.g. erysipelas)
Haemophilia (blood disease), anticoagulants–therapy (blood thinning therapy with medication)
Danger zones due to phlebitis (phlebitis) and thrombosis (localized blood clot formation in veins and/or arteries)
Fresh heart attack
Decompensated heart failure (heart failure)
Reflex dystrophic syndrome (Sudeck's disease= persistent wound pain with further disturbances)
Embolism - Arterial occlusive disease
Expressed arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
The 5 techniques of classical massage
Effleurage - Deletions
Petrissage - Kneading and milling
Friction - Frictions, mostly circular
Tapotement - Knocking, Hooking
Vibration - Vibration transmission, vibration
There are five specialized techniques used during the therapy:
The Effleurage is the first step into every massage session. The word comes from the French and means translated “ touch volatilely “. This handle is used to distribute massage and relaxation. In petrisage (kneading) the skin and muscles are grasped and kneaded with both hands, which relieves tension and improves blood circulation.
With friction, circular movements are performed with the fingertips specifically on the muscle groups to be treated. This technique is extremely powerful and effective in reducing contractions.
With tapotement (tapping), the edges of the hand, the flat hand or even the fingers are used to make percussive movements. This stimulates the blood circulation in the tissue. The vibration (vibration) has a loosening and cramping effect. Here the masseur places his fingertips on the patient's skin and causes a muscle tremor.
Duration, costs and booking
The treatment lasts between 30 and 90 minutes. It is common for this form of therapy to be combined with other techniques in order to relax the body holistically.
Prices vary depending on the duration of the massage:
90 min / 195 CHF 75 min / 162 CHF 60 min / 135 CHF 45 min / 110 CHF 30 min / 85 CHF
You can also book the treatment online directly here on the website.