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- $35 for one 60-minute Swedish massage with aromatherapy ($75 value)
- $99 for three 60-minute Swedish massages with aromatherapy ($225 value)
- $45 for one 90-minute Swedish massage with aromatherapy ($95 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.
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“Best massage ever. Although the experience was gentle, there was nothing gentle. She has very strong fingers. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I will definitely...”
“Best massage ever. Although the experience was gentle, there was nothing gentle. She has very strong fingers. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I will definitely continue with her.”
“Lisa is an intuitive massage therapist. Her pressure was just right and her office is a nice calm space.”
“Very relaxing and great experience. ”
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