How to Give a Scandinavian Massage

Learn how to give a 5 step Body Massage!


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    Heat Up. The client takes a warm bath, shower or sauna!
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    Use oil and herbs. Rub in the body with oil or lotion. Use a scent of lavender or citrus if you like, but be sure you or the client is not allergic.
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    Massage. Start the massage on the backside. Do long, smooth strokes on the clients body. Always work in a direction towards the heart. Ask how it feels.
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    Consider a deep Massage. Continue the massage using a little more pressure to soften muscles. Work slow and steady. And again; ask the receiver how the massage feels and adjust the pressure and movements according to that.
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    The massage should last from 30 to 120 minutes. Afterwards serve the client water or a cup of herbal tea.


  • Always have fresh water available for the client and yourself to keep hydrated.
  • If the client wants a hot drink, offer them a cup of herbal tea. Natural juice with no added sugar is also a good alternative to coffee and soda.
  • The client could lay on a mat or similar on the floor or on a bed or solid table with blankets.
  • Add a slice of lemon or another piece of fruit to the water to give it a nice scent and a neat look.
  • Don't serve coffee or drinks with much sugar, since this will hinder the natural detox-process of the massage.


  • Pregnant women should not receive massage before the third month of pregnancy, and never in the area around the ankles or hard pressure around lower back and waist. Do not use detoxifying products; certain herbal oils or other cleansing products with someone who is pregnant. Choose neutral oils, lotions and bath oils. If you are uncertain whether it is safe to perform or receive a massage or use a certain product, ask a qualified therapist or doctor.
  • If the client, the one receiving the massage, has injuries or severe pain, always consult a doctor, physiotherapist or certified massage therapist before doing a "home-massage."
  • If you are not a certified massage therapist, you should never give massage to someone with a fever, a flu, broken bones, or areas that are painful, swollen or numb.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to a bathtub, shower or ideally a sauna.
  • Neutral oil; basically any oil that you can use for food is safe for a massage! Grapeseed oil, soy oil, olive oil, peanut oil, corn oil, sunflower seed oil.
    • Pour about 1/2- 1 cup of oil into a small bowl so you can easily dip your fingers in it during the massage.
    • If you want a scent and a fresher up in the neutral oil add 1-5 drops of oil per 1 cup like lavender, citrus or pine.
  • Alternatively buy an oil that's already mixed for the massage or use a rich body lotion!
  • Always make sure that the client or yourself is not allergic to the ingredients. If you or the client have strong allergy use a neutral oil and even ask in the store if the oil could contain traces of nuts or other ingredients that could cause allergic reaction. A neutral lotion or grapeseed oil is often the best choice for a very allergic person.
  • Other things you'll need are clean towels, a blanket and sheets to cover the client, 1-2 pillows; under head while laying on the back and under the feet while on the stomach.

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