One or Two Swedish Massages at European Med Spa (Up to 66% Off)

Stone Oak

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A massage therapist uses light to medium pressure to unknot muscles and tissue

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $45 for one 60-minute Swedish massage ($129 value)
  • $89 for two 60-minute Swedish massages ($258 value)

Catherine Castaneda, 134692

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.

Catherine Castañeda at European Med Spa

Catherine Castañeda embarked on her journey as a licensed massage therapist when her younger son was diagnosed with chronic asthma. She began giving her son massages in attempt to alleviate some of his ailments stemming from his asthma. Over the past 14 years, Catherine has expanded her relationship with massage therapy to include several different modalities and body work ranging from Reiki to lypossage.

Customer Reviews

70 Ratings

Excellent service! The staff were very nice and courteous. They really made me comfortable being it was my first time to have a laser treatment done. The place was nice and neat and very relaxing. Thumps up!
Thelma C. · February 17, 2016
Great service!Very relaxing.
Roxy N Chano M. · February 2, 2016
Great experience. It was my first time getting a laser treatment. Great staff, beautiful lounge. Would definitely recommend, the ladies made me feel very comfortable and took great care of me.
Carah · January 22, 2016
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