One or Three 60-Minute Swedish Massages at Indulging Hands Therapy (Up to 59% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Seasoned massage therapist promotes relaxation and stimulates lymph flow with soothing Swedish strokes

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Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Customer must sign waiver. Located in DP Salon World. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $30 for one 60-minute Swedish massage ($65 value)
  • $80 for three 60-minute Swedish massages ($195 value)

Effleurage: The Foundation of Relaxation

Swedish massage relies largely on a technique known as effleurage. Learn how it zaps stress with Groupon's peek at this basic stroke.

Effleurage is the glue that holds a Swedish massage together. Its smooth, gliding strokes may not deliver much pressure—the word itself is taken from a French verb that means "to touch lightly"—but the technique simultaneously soothes the nerves, boosts circulation, and allows the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their open palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while acclimating the client to their touch. This form of effleurage is known as "superficial," and it serves a soothing prelude, epilogue, and transitional movement between deeper, more focused kneading.

A slightly more forceful style of effleurage is known as "deep effleurage." This form still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure, as the therapist aims to stretch out the muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep-effleurage stroke towards the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work, but it can also speed up the movement of blood and lymph fluid. This boost in circulation can help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.


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  • “the massage therapist did a great job. she was very professional and offered a great massage which was relaxing. ”

  • “Went for the first time today - absolutely loved it. Great massage!”

  • “Great service and fabulous massage!! Nadja made sure I was comfortable for the duration of the massage. Given how personal personal services are, this is something...”

    “Great service and fabulous massage!! Nadja made sure I was comfortable for the duration of the massage. Given how personal personal services are, this is something I really appreciated.”

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    St. Charles

    1144 Smallwood Dr

    Suite M2

    Waldorf, Maryland 20603

    301-761-4414

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