Among other health benefits, Swedish massage promotes relaxation. More common in the Western world, Swedish massage combines concepts of anatomy and physiology compared to energy work traditional in Asian massage systems. The most popular time frame is 50 to 60 minutes but 75 or 90 minute sessions provide more time to work muscle tissue and achieve better results. If this is your first time, receiving a Swedish massage may be your best bet. For deeper work or more pressure deep tissue massage might be preferable.
What to Expect
Recipients of Swedish massage are traditionally nude beneath towels or sheets (though some feel more comfortable wearing underwear). Only the part of the body that is being worked on is uncovered during a technique called ‘draping’. Various massage strokes are used such as effleurage (short or long, gliding strokes), kneading, friction, stretching and tapping.