Choose Between Two Options
$99 for a 2.5-hour spa package (a $295 total value)
- 30-minute reflexology treatment (a $90 value)
- 60-minute facial with glycolic peel (a $100 value)
- 60-minute Swedish massage with essential oils (a $105 value)
$49 for a 60-minute Swedish massage with essential oils or 60-minute facial with glycolic peel (up to a $105 value)
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.
Swedish Massage: Four Steps to Relaxation
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.
Aiming to be a one-stop shop for beauty, the staff at Georgie Girls has created a salon that proffers both hair and body treatments. Stylists tend to locks with face-framing haircuts and coloring treatments, including several options for custom highlights. The spa section features massages and skin treatments including Swedish massages and facials, after which clients stroll out the doors looking like they went diving for coins in the fountain of youth.
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