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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.

2907 W Olive Ave
Burbank,
CA
US

Chaba Herbal Spa & Thai Yoga Massage?s owner traveled the world to bolster her therapeutic knowledge. She began studying the art of Thai massage in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Watpro Traditional Medical School. After finishing her program, she packed her bags and journeyed to Los Angeles, where she accumulated a pet palm tree and 500 hours of massage-therapy schooling with a focus on traditional Thai massage. She uses this combination of cultural knowledge and varied techniques to treat clients with massages that fuse multiple disciplines into one soothing session. She also surrounds her clients with Thailand-influenced decor, including green plants, live flowers, and bubbling fountains that ease stress. In addition to massages, the spa also offers skin and body treatments, waxing services, and reflexology sessions.

1212 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank,
CA
US

Whether clients are dealing with back pain, bad posture, or the aches associated with pregnancy, the massage therapist at PerfecTouch Therapy has a remedy. That's because the therapist's repertoire of muscle-kneading techniques varies greatly, unlike a golden retriever's wardrobe. In addition to standard maneuvers such as Swedish massage, the stress-tamer also offers hot-stone, deep-tissue, and foot-focused treatments.

1540 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale,
CA
US

Candlelight illuminates a swirling jacuzzi at Spa Pura, a 7,000-square-foot relaxation mecca where clients shed stress as they don a robe and slippers before indulging in one of the spa’s many services. Aestheticians perform a full spectrum of facial treatments that leverage clay masks, SkinCeuticals products, and vitamin infusions to help the skin to regain its glow. Teams of massage therapists welcome clients onto beds and pore over muscles with relaxing strokes, and body scrubbers and waxing technicians exfoliate and smooth frames. Clients hesitant to return to the outside world can bide their time in the spa’s raindrop showers or eucalyptus steam room, which doubles as koala heaven.

2270 Honolulu Ave
Montrose,
CA
US

Ticia Lea has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to making others feel good, whether as a massage therapist, certified natural make-up artist, an aesthetician, or an herbal nutrition practitioner. She’s trained up and down the West Coast, plying her trade at such posh locales as the Beverly Hilton. After a summer spent demonstrating the benefits of organic skincare lines in Colorado, Ticia returned to California and performs a wide range of services including several different type of modalities such as hot-stone massage therapy, microdermabrasion, and eyelash-extension application.

18345 Ventura Blvd Suite 503
Tarzana,
CA
US

Property Location
A stay at Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel places you in the heart of Beverly Hills, convenient to Paley Center for Media and University of California Los Angeles. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Museum of Tolerance and Westfield Century City.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 395 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters. Relax and take in city views from the privacy of your room. 42-inch plasma televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Treat yourself with body treatments and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare.

Dining
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Beverly Hills? This hotel has 14300 square feet (1329 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom.

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills,
CA
US