Swedish Massage technique is applied to the outermost layers of muscle/tissue and consists of five styles of long, flowing strokes including sliding/gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, cross fiber friction and vibration/shaking. It is known in most countries around the world as "Classic Massage" and is possibly the most common massage technique used in Western countries.
Swedish Massage has been shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. It is believed to promote relaxation, increase blood oxygen levels, and aid in the movement of lymph fluids throughout muscle tissues thereby helping the body rid itself of cellular wastes.
It is normally performed while the client is laying on a flat surface (massage table) while disrobed (draped with a sheet or towels). The therapist will typically use a lubricant such as Jojoba oil or massage cream/lotion to allow for long, flowing strokes with minimal skin friction. The addition of essential oils to the lubricant is common and offers the additional therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy. However, if you prefer to be clothed our therapists will adapt their style accordingly.
If you are new to massage and aren't sure what type of massage to request, Swedish is a good starting point and might be all you ever need. We recommend a 60 minute session for a full body Swedish Massage.