What to expect

What to expect during your Swedish massage

Swedish massage involves long, kneading strokes, passive joint movements, and deep, circular movements, which have a profoundly relaxing effect. These techniques are traditionally performed on the whole body. However, you can mention to your therapist if you want more time spent on a problem area. You may prefer light, medium, or firm pressure, which can also be communicated to your provider. When you choose any of our first-rate massage therapists, your well-being is always the top priority.

Swedish massage techniques

During your Swedish massage, your therapist will use four main strokes:

  • Effleurage: Smooth, flowing strokes to relax the soft tissue and stimulate blood flow.
  • Petrissage: Squeezing, rolling, or kneading to reach the deeper layers of soft tissue.
  • Friction: Deep pressure applied in small circular or cross-fiber movements to penetrate deeper tissues.
  • Tapotement: Stimulating technique involving rhythmic tapping, drumming, or cupping of the tissue.
  • Vibration: A fine trembling movement which leads to relaxation, improved nerve function, and muscle relaxation.
Swedish Techniques

Benefits of Swedish massage

Swedish massage, as a deeply relaxing technique, is most often used to reduce stress and tension in the body. However, Swedish massage can offer a whole host of other benefits, such as:

1. Pain management

Improves local circulation and reduces muscle tension in painful areas to decrease joint and muscle pain.

2. Improved posture

By relaxing your muscles, Swedish Massage decreases muscular imbalance, often the root of bad posture.

3. Increased blood flow

Improves your body's ability to deliver blood and oxygen to muscles and organs.

4. Improved sleep

Increases serotonin levels so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

5. Increased energy

Caused by increased circulation and decreased stress levels.

6. Improved mood

Increases serotonin and dopamine levels, significantly impacting your mood.

7. Increased flexibility

Elongates the muscles, opens and lubricates the joints, and decreases swelling.

8. Better immunity

Swedish massage supports a healthy immune system by decreasing stress levels.

9. Headache relief

Headaches and migraines often result from stress and/or poor circulation, which are addressed during a Swedish massage.

Swedish massage near me

If you or anyone you know could benefit from the positive effects of Swedish massage, book your next in-home massage session with Bigtoe. With affordable prices, easy bookings, and sessions entirely designed by you, for you, there's no time like the present to enjoy a Swedish massage.


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