There's nothing as relaxing as a massage, except for maybe a whole month without any nightmares. Drift off with this Groupon.
Choose From Three Options
- $39 for one 60-minute Swedish massage ($85 value)
- $79 for two 60-minute Swedish massages ($170 value)
- $115 for three 60-minute Swedish massages ($255 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.
Libra's Massage & Holistic
The therapist at Libra's Massage & Holistic has worked in both spa and medical settings. That means she's versatile—see the 15 different massage she offers—but also experienced in both sides of the massage coin: pain-relief and pampering. She makes both available at Libra's; it all depends on the needs of the client in front of her. If a client's suffering from chronic pain, injury, or muscles wound as tight as a breakdancer's shoelaces she can administer a deep-tissue or sports massage. If the client's looking more for an escape or break from stress there's Swedish, hot stone, and reflexology massages. And in addition to exotic massages like the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage and Thai massage, she also offers "the works" massage, a Swedish-based treatment that involves hot stones, aromatherapy, and a body scrub.