A massage therapist moves at a slow, deliberate pace, like an art film about an introverted teen learning to use a kiln. Pace yourself with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $69 for one 60-minute Swedish massage with a lavender hand and foot scrub ($130 value)
- $89 for one 90-minute Swedish massage with a lavender hand and foot scrub ($165 value)
- $159 for three 60-minute Swedish massages ($270 value)
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.
What some people are buzzing about:
“I was pleasantly surprised this morning. I went in for a 90 minute massage and came out a VERY, VERY happy man. I had Mahogany Murphy as my masseuse ,she has some...”
“I was pleasantly surprised this morning. I went in for a 90 minute massage and came out a VERY, VERY happy man. I had Mahogany Murphy as my masseuse ,she has some great hands and and she knows how to use them. It was one of the best massages I have had. I have signed up for 3 more sessions that is how much I like it here. I would recommend them to everybody.”
“Best massage ever!!!”
“Great experience! Mahogany really listens to you”
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