Swedish massage is considered the foundation for most table massage techniques. It is characterized by the use of lotion or oil to allow gliding strokes over the skin. Most strokes are done toward the patient’s heart with the goal of improving blood and lymphatic circulation. Swedish technique consists of five basic strokes: effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), friction, tapotement (percussion) and vibration, though all of these strokes are not used on every part of the body.
Our therapists blend in various techniques, depending upon their personal training and experience, to address the specific needs of the client. In general, it is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue (i.e. the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) using the hands in a gentle, flowing technique. Varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements are incorporated. It is most commonly used for relaxation and improving well-being.
A typical full-body massage session lasts for 60 to 90 minutes, but many therapists will offer shorter sessions for treating specific areas such as the back, shoulders, neck or any area experiencing discomfort or pain. On the first visit, clients are asked a number of questions concerning their general well-being, injuries and pre-existing medical conditions n order to determine if there are any physical conditions that would prohibit or limit massage therapy.