One or Two 60-Minute Swedish Massages at Flat Back Hills Massage - Paul Stewart (Up to 59% Off)

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Swedish massage is not to be confused with Swiss massage, in which the therapist refuses to involve themselves in any tension. Neutralize your pain with this Groupon.

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  • $35 for one 60-minute Swedish massage ($80 value)
  • $65 for two 60-minute Swedish massages ($160 value)

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Swedish Massage: Four Steps to Relaxation

The gentle pressure of Swedish massage makes it a popular method for treating pain and stress. Read our guide—rather than Norse sagas—to learn what to expect.

Most Europeans refer to Swedish massage as classic massage, possibly because the technique did not originate in Sweden. In fact, the individual elements of the style can be traced to all parts of the world, but it was a Dutch practitioner who established the system that combines four distinct motions—whose names, as it happens, are mostly French: effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement. Together, the motions help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session.

The four phases are easy to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.

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    Petaluma

    1075 Lakeville Highway

    Petaluma, California 94952

    707-559-9860

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In a Nutshell

Inside a private treatment room, licensed massage therapist uses long, flowing strokes to extinguish tension and promote circulation

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Appointment required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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