Whats is Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. The massage is performed while lying on a massage table with your face down. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, this depends on your request and the therapist’s personal style.
Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, as opposed to energy work on “meridiens” or sen lines in Asian massage systems.
What do I wear during a Swedish Massage?
During a Swedish massage we recommend you do not wear any clothing on top but recommend you wear your underpants so you and our therapists are not out of your comfort zones.
What does a treatment involve?
In all Swedish massage your therapist will first do a consultation and talk over any issues or injuries you have. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure.
Your therapist will use a pre-blended oil and perform various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots”, reducing pain and stiffness and promoting relaxation.
The therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on keeping the rest of your body nice and warm.
You usually start by laying face down with your head in a u-shaped face cradle so your spine stays neutral. The therapist generally starts by massaging your back, using various massage strokes that include sliding, gliding, kneading, friction, stretching and tapping. The therapist then massages the back of each leg then turns you round to massage the front of each leg, both arms, and generally finishes with your neck and shoulders.
If the pressure is too light or too firm, you should speak up and ask the therapist to adjust it.
Swedish massage usually includes some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension, but if you truly want deeper, more intensive treatment with firmer pressure such as a deep tissue massage or a sports deep tissue massage.