What You'll Get
Choose from Four Options
- $39 for one 60-minute massage ($80 value)
- $49 for one 90-minute massage ($95 value)
- $75 for two 60-minute massages ($160 value)
- $95 for two 90-minute massages ($190 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.
The Fine Print
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About Healing Hands and Bodyworks
It wasn't until Patty Moon was in her mid 30s that she received her first massage. But the results were life changing. Not only did her massage help improve her health, but it helped her learn self-acceptance. With her newfound confidence, Patty enrolled in massage school, then opened Healing Hands and Bodyworks. Here, she provides clients with a haven for relaxation and healing with a host of wellness services.
- Healing Hands signature massage: This session, which includes a paraffin hand dip or foot scrub, combines gentle Swedish techniques, aromatherapy, and hot stones and towels to soothe sore muscles.
- Reiki healing: While clients lie fully clothed on a treatment table, Patty uses touch-free strokes to help recharge depleted energy and promote balance of the body's chakras.
- Reflexology: Reflexology involves kneading reflex points on the feet to target stress, pain, and imbalances in the body. Sessions aim to soothe specific organ systems and promote overall wellness.