One or Three Swedish Massages at John Gilmore's Healing Hands (Up to 58% Off)

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There's nothing as relaxing as a massage, except for maybe a whole month without any nightmares. Drift off with this Groupon.

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  • $35 for one 60-minute Swedish massage ($75 value)
  • $95 for three 60-minute Swedish massages ($225 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.

In a Nutshell

Massage therapist John Gilmore uses slow, gentle Swedish strokes to relieve muscles of aches and pain during one-hour sessions

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. All massages 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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