- $30 for one 60-minute full body Swedish massage ($60 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.
<h4>A Chat with Massage by Zoe</h4>
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
This massage is sure to relax you and get you prepared for whatever comes your way!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have always wanted to be a massage therapist and I'm just fulfilling my passion.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that I have the ability to make people feel better, and I can't wait to share that ability.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
When a client doesn't want to leave.