Swedish Massage

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Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

The principal moves of Swedish massage are:

  • Effleurage: Long gliding strokes whose pressure can vary depending on the therapist and the client.
  • Petrissage: A kneading movement designed to relax muscles and increase circulation by compressing and releasing muscle tissue.
  • Tapotement: Tapping muscles with the side of the hand, fingers or palm to release tension and cramping.
  • Vibration: Using hands or a machine to create rapid movement that relaxes and soothes muscles.
  • Friction: This is a strong, rapid, circular movement usually done to release muscle knots. Normally, friction is applied for only a short period of time to avoid an inflammatory response.
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  • 80-minute, $155
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