Swedish Massage Course


In the Swedish  massage course you will learn important massage movements and how to perform a full body massage.

The majority of the course will consist of practical work. You will gain confidence in taking medical history, rapport building and conducting massage.

Please note: To complete this course you will need a qualification in Anatomy and Physiology.
You can book this home study course here, or book the course with A&P included below.

SKU: Swedish Body Massage Category:


Entry requirements for the Swedish Massage Course

Anatomy and Physiology Diploma or Certificate, or working towards it. The Anatomy and Physiology Diploma course can be booked alongside the Body Massage course on our site. The Swedish Body Massage Diploma will be issued after completion of the Anatomy Physiology Diploma and completed case studies.

Course Duration: 2 days plus case studies.

Course Fee: £330 Swedish Body Massage only, or £430 with Anatomy and Physiology

Course Dates

July 6th and 7th, 2024

Massage Development in later Europe

Ambroise Pare (1510-1590) wrote about massage, but he was ridiculed by the medical profession for it. In 1780, Clement Joseph Tissot wrote about massage and occupational therapy in his book ‘Gymnastique Medicinale et Churgicale’.

In the early 1800s, the Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling developed the Swedish Gymnastic Movement System. This system incorporated massage with medical gymnastics and physiology. Techniques included stroking, pressing, squeezing and striking, to manually treat physical issues.

The Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) has been called the father of modern Western massage. His system incorporates massage with medical gymnastics and physiology (Swedish Gymnastic Movement System). Per Henrik Lings techniques became very popular.

It is widely believed that Swedish massage was created by a Swede. Massage in Sweden and most of Europe is referred to as ‘Classic Massage’. In America, the term Swedish massage is understood to be basic or classic massage.

Swedish massage was not created by Per Henrik Ling. Swedish massage is a combination of the following movements: effleurage, petrissage, frictions and tapotement. These terms were never used by Ling. The Dutch Practitioner Johan Georg Mezger (1838 – 1909) adopted the French massage movement terms to develop massage as we know it – as Swedish or Classic Massage. (More information at www.thebodyworker.com)

Additional information

Swedish massage

Deposit £130, Full payment no Anatomy £330, With Anatomy £430

Course dates

July 6th and 7th, 2024