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What Is the Anatomy for Swedish Massage?

To understand Swedish massage, it’s important to learn and understand the different layers of anatomy that you are working with.

Anatomy For Swedish Massage

In this article, we will discuss the various layers of the body we work with. Those layers are muscle, skeletal, nervous system, circulatory, connective, physiology of touch, anatomy & pathology,


Understanding the location, structure, and function of muscles is crucial for performing effective Swedish massage techniques. Some key muscles targeted in Swedish massage include the trapezius, glutes, hamstrings, and quads.

Skeletal System

Knowledge of the bones and joints can aid in identifying areas of tension or pain in clients and determining proper positioning for massage. The skeletal system provides the framework for the body and supports its movement. Understanding the positioning of bones and joints can help in avoiding discomfort for the client during massage

Nervous System

Understanding the role of the nervous system can help in creating a relaxing and stress-reducing environment for clients. Techniques such as slow and gentle strokes can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels.

Circulatory System

A good understanding of how blood circulates through the body can assist in developing techniques to improve circulation and promote relaxation. Massage techniques such as petrissage, which involves kneading and squeezing muscles, can help to stimulate blood flow.

Connective Tissue

Knowledge of the different types of connective tissue and their function can aid in performing techniques that target specific areas of the body. Connective tissue provides support and structure to the body. Techniques such as myofascial release, which involves applying pressure to connective tissue, can help to release tension and improve range of motion.

Physiology of Touch

Understanding how touch can affect the body can help in creating an effective and therapeutic massage session. The pressure and speed of touch can also affect the nervous system and hormone levels, with slower and more gentle strokes promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

Anatomy and Pathology:

Knowledge of common conditions and injuries related to the anatomy of the body can assist in identifying areas of concern for clients and creating a safe and effective massage treatment plan. Massage therapists should be aware of contraindications and precautions related to massage, such as avoiding massage over inflamed or injured areas. Understanding anatomy and pathology can help in tailoring massage techniques to individual clients and promoting healing.


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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819 Southeast Morrison Street Suite 215, Portland

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  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!

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