This is a light to medium pressure full body massage. Techniques used are effluerage (gliding motion), petrissage (wringing, lifting and squeezing motion), and compression.
The flow tends to be fluid and smooth. For a relaxation session, the speed is slow and conscious. Sometimes a faster speed is used, but not for a long period of time during a session.
We use a hypoallergenic grapeseed oil.
I have found that the most beneficial session is a relaxing one. We tend not to disturb you by talking and having mindless conversations. We want you to get the most out of why you booked the service.
We do, however, encourage you to be empowered if you need to communicate with your therapist to let her know if the pressure is not the right level – as an example: being too deep (please keep in mind that this service will not go beyond medium pressure. If you need deeper, we can change the service to a Deep Tissue or Therapeutic). Also if you have areas you will not want the therapist to attend, please remind her. Otherwise, this service is your moment to let go and not have to do anything.
Benefits from getting this type of massage includes:
Soothe sore muscles
Increase blood flow
Work out waste in the tissues
Stimulates the lymphatic system
Improve cellular nutrition
Lengthens and relaxes muscles
Stimulates nervous system
Breaks up and soften fascia adhesion
Swedish massage is perfect when you need a break from a hectic life and need to let go and relax. Believe it or not, this type of massage is also great if you are suffering from depression or anxiety. The nervous system is being worked on and will calm these experiences. With the enhancement of circulation, this modality provides more oxygen to the brain. This helps brain function to be as it should and not be stuck in an unhealthy mode.
As mentioned above, Swedish massage can effect the lymphatic system, do if you have known lymphatic issues, had lymph nodes removed, or diagnosed with cancer and currently in treatment or have been out of treatment for less than 3 months; it is important to let your therapist know. It is not to say that you cannot have a massage.
However, it is an awareness that must be shared so that your therapist can better serve you. At Intuitive Spirit Healing Arts, we have been trained for addressing these issues and are capable in adjusting anything you may need.
Cold, Flu or other Types of Virus
If you have a cold the flu or strep throat (or the like), it is preferrable for you to wait until you get better before having your massage. This protects you, the therapist and other clients.
It protects you because sometimes if you have a massage while you are sick (especially at the start of the cold or virus), it may make you feel worst. With effluerage, we are moving blood, lymph, and other fluids in the body and will have a better chance (not in a good way) to spread the virus in areas it may not be present or was not planning to go.
If you stay home and rest, then your body will do what it is good at by giving your immune system a chance to take care of those little buggers.
Injury or Surgery
If you had a recent injury or surgery, give yourself some time before having that area worked on. If there is healthy swelling or warmth in the area, that means your body is being a superstar by starting the healing process. With massage, you don’t want to risk taking that effort away from your body by moving the healthy swelling or warm out from the area it is serving.
However, if you are in excruciating pain, you can still book a service to help with the pain. You can book an energy work like Reiki or Energy Balancing; or just let your therapist know and we can work around it.
If you have skin issues that are contagious at the time you are having your service, please contact us and re-book your service until the inflammation has gone. These would include poison ivy, poison oak, chicken pocks, shingles, herpes flare up, scabies, staph infection or the like.
However, if you have eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis these are okay to receive massage. They are not contagious.
Other Health Concerns
If you have other health concerns that you are not sure if massage could help or not, please consult with your doctor.
Referrals of a Doctor
Keep in mind that if you have referred by your doctor and you are working with a specific condition, always let your doctor know your progress and when you received your massage.
Massage Therapy or other healing services we do here, we do not claim that it will heal or cure diseases. Please do not stop taking any medication your doctor prescribed you with. If you think you are feeling better as a result of your healing arts services, them please have a discussion with your doctor and get reliable test done to track any changes you are experiencing.
Yes, we do alternative services here, but we have great respect for the care a physician can provide. When we work together, we all (including you) can better serve you for a healthier and thriving life.