What is Swedish Massage Therapy

Swedish Massage Therapy

Swedish Massage Therapy, also known as Classic Massage, is the primary style of massage used for relaxation in the Western tradition. It is generally available at all spas and includes the full body. The health benefits of Swedish Massage are:

  • Increased blood and lymph circulation
  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Increased range of motion
  • Relaxation
  • Increased mental awareness

What To Expect During Your Massage

When you arrive for your appointment, a therapist will guide you to a room with a massage table. The therapist will discuss any problem areas or concerns you have, then leave while you undress and get under the sheets or towel that are provided to cover your body. When the therapist returns, they will uncover only the area that they are working on, and re-cover that area before they move on. This is called draping. If you experience any discomfort with the draping, let your therapist know and they will make sure you are comfortable.

Your therapist will start the massage with long, gliding strokes to spread massage oil or lotion on your skin. The lotion helps the therapist perform the strokes without causing discomfort to the skin.

Typical Swedish Massage Therapy strokes include:

  • Gliding (effleurage),
  • Kneading (petrissage),
  • Friction
  • Vibration
  • Swedish gymnastics (stretching)
  • Tapping (tapotement).

All of these will be tailored by your massage therapist to your comfort level. Terms such as “depth” and “pressure” will be used by your therapist in order to determine how hard you want them to work. Most Swedish massage is performed at a light to medium pressure.

The Best Massage For You

If you are new to massage therapy, Swedish massage is an excellent place to start. It is also the best choice if your goal is to relax, and can generally be complemented by aromatherapy and hot stone techniques. Other types of massage therapy may be more focused on a certain area in order to release long-held pattern, and can be potentially painful.

Swedish massage therapy allows the therapist time to work on specific areas as well as the rest of the body, without causing you any discomfort. Your therapist can guide you in breathing exercises and other techniques that will increase the body’s ability to relax during your massage.

Swedish Massage is a great way to kick your feet up–something that is extremely important for having both health and happiness in your daily life. Experience the best Swedish massage therapy in New York City today! Call us today at (212) 695-9559 schedule your visit.