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- $30 for one 60-minute Swedish massage ($65 value)
- $89 for three 60-minute Swedish massages ($195 value)
Deborah Taylor Burks #13708993
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.
Ace of Spades
As a barbershop, a salon, and a spa, Ace of Spades serves many purposes. Hair stylists excel at a broad range of services, from men's mohawks and quick trims, to the painstaking precision of highlights, braids, and sew-in weaves. Ace's massage therapists, too, specialize in multiple modalities. These include oncology massage, sports massage, and the relaxing specialty of Swedish massage. Guests can also visit Ace of Spades for their mani-pedi, waxing, and microdermabrasion needs.