Swedish massage is the style that comes to mind when most people think about massage. It was developed a couple of centuries ago and is the most common and best-known technique performed today.
This style of massage relaxes the entire body using long gliding strokes, firm kneading and a rhythm that supports the parasympathetic nervous system (the nervous system part that supports relaxation). Lotion and oil is often used to reduce friction and stimulate the skin.
Swedish massage is exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Side Note: Michael’s personal goal is to see if he can relax you so much that you fall asleep while experiencing your massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage uses similar Swedish massage techniques with firmer pressure and the intent of affecting the body’s deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (a fibrous membrane that weaves the cells together throughout the body).
Clients may experience slight discomfort during the massage since this style focuses on releasing muscles that are chronically tense.