Swedish Massage

Relaxation Massage in Mesa, AZ

A perfect introduction to Massage Therapy, a light touch massage used to relax the body, increase circulation, and release muscle tension.

At Tara’s Holistics, it involves soft, long, kneading strokes as well as light and rhythmic strokes on the most superficial muscles (closest to the skin).

Swedish Massage was invented by a Swedish fencing instructor in the 1830’s. When he was injured in the elbow, he reportedly cured himself using percussion strokes around the area. He later developed the technique of Swedish Massage. In a full body Swedish Massage, your therapist will usually start by massaging your back and neck, legs, arms, feet, scalp and sometimes face. For your massage, your therapist will first step out of the room and ask you to undress to your comfort level. You will lay in between the top sheet and bottom sheet, and the therapist will knock to ensure you are covered by the sheets before re-entering.

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A Swedish Massage is designed to relax the body by lightly massaging the superficial muscles, in the direction of the blood returning to the heart.  The benefits can go beyond relaxation. It can also help increase the level of oxygen in the blood and improve circulation and flexibility in the limbs.

Experienced massage therapists can agree that taking a shower before a massage is always a good idea. You should rinse off chlorine, perspirations, or other environmental pollutants before your treatment or therapy because you don’t want all of that to be rubbed into your skin, or the therapists skin.

Shaving is not required before a massage treatment or session. Certain products may irritate newly-shaven skin.

The technique of Swedish Massage aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension, and should NOT be painful. Please communicate with your therapist about comfortable pressure. Swedish Massage is gentler than Deep Tissue, and better suited for people interested in relaxation and tension relief. Sometimes you can feel sore for a couple days after a massage, which is normal. The results and benefits may last even longer. Therapists may recommend a relaxing bath and full sleep after a massage to be the most beneficial.

Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are both popular types of massage therapy. While there are some similarities, they are different from each other. The differences are the pressure, technique, intended use, and area of focus.

Swedish massage is one of the most commonly offered massage techniques. It’s sometimes called a classic massage. The technique aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension.

Swedish massage is gentler than deep tissue massage and better suited for people interested in relaxation and tension relief.

Swedish massage may loosen up tight muscles caused by daily activities such as sitting at the computer or exercising. It can be very helpful for people who hold a lot of tension in their lower back, shoulders, neck, upper back, glutes, arms, hands, legs, feet, and sometimes face.

If you have an area of particular concern, such as a tight neck, you can ask your therapist to spend more time in this area. Depending on your preferences, you can ask your massage therapist to use light to medium pressure.

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During most full-body massages, the expectation is you’ll be undressed. Your massage therapist will ask you to undress for your massage while they wait outside. It’s up to you whether or not to keep your underwear on.

Your massage therapist will drape a sheet over your body. They will pull back and adjust it as they work their way around. You will be covered most of the time.

Unlike deep tissue massage, Swedish massage therapy uses softer strokes on the more delicate parts of the body, and medium strength strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.

As with all treatments, inform your therapist of any medical conditions you may have and tell them if you are — or just think you might be — pregnant.

It’s best to avoid heavy meals and alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.