What You'll Get
- One 60-Minute Swedish Massage
- One 90-Minute Swedish Massage
Valid only with Samantha.
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.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 180 days. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Located inside Studio Meraki, Studio F. Valid only with Samantha. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About A Chat with Zen on the Run
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Samantha is a Virginia Board of Nursing Licensed Massage Therapist with over 10 years of experience in the massage therapy field. She has worked for various Chiropractors and has a passion for providing top-notch service to all of her massage clients.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Samantha wanted to bring affordable massage services to Richmond and the surrounding areas. She believes that everyone should experience the healing benefits of massage for a great price.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the compliments I receive from my clients at the end of a session. Hearing a client say how wonderful I made them feel is the ultimate compliment.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
I've had many clients tell me that I have "healing hands." It's great to know that my touch is comforting to so many people.