Dawn Fortune MAR
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
During the massage, I will cover the skin with massage oil and perform various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Before the massage, I will ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want to tell me include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell me up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure.