Swedish Massage 1 hr
This is the most popular type of massage. It is generally used for relaxation and relief of tension and stress. It uses less pressure than deep tissue. (on a scale of pressure form 1 - 10 Swedish would fall between 3 - 6, while deep tissue would be between 7 -9). Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing aches, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with bodily pain and osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.