Swedish Massage

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.

These Practitioners can offer Swedish Massage in their Sessions:

Alice Palacio

Alice combines a blend of long, fluid swedish strokes and slow, deep myofascial release to bring you back into your body. She finishes each massage with gentle Craniosacral unwinding techniques. Her specialty massages include Craniosacral and Prenatal sessions. She is also available for Bodycare sessions.

Crystal May

Crystal began her studies in massage at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later on went to receive her 700-hour massage training at the Sedona School of Massage in Sedona, Arizona. During that time, she studied Shiatsu, deep tissue massage, Craniosacral, Orthobionomy, Polarity Therapy, Swedish Massage, and Assisted Isolated Stretching. Crystal taught a Swedish Massage class during her time working at the Way Inn neighboring Huaraz, Peru. Crystal also trained with the Kundalini Yoga instructor, Samson Burke, under the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. During her experience, she noticed a sense of clarity in her mind, body, and spirit. Crystal also spent a year studying at Emperor’s College of Traditional Medicine, where she was able to integrate Oriental Medicine into her work, through meridian and point based acupressure.

Nicholette Keel

Nicholette Keel graduated from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. She incorporates modalities of Swedish, Shiatsu, specialty Pre-Natal, stretching, acupressure, and Polarity Therapy with her fifteen years of industry experience. Her intuitive understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection serves to assist clients in releasing chronic tension and imbalances. Her goal to her clients is for general well-being and optimal health. Her style is best described as slow, firm, relaxing, and nurturing. She accomplishes this by using a combination of long flowing sweeping strokes with specific pressure points that target key areas of stress. Her unique sensitivity enables her to fine tune and craft the massage session around each client’s individual needs. As an active athlete and body-worker, she understands the importance of flexibility and range of motion that massage therapy serves to address repetitive stress injury, fatigue, and tight muscles. She is skilled in using pressure from light to firm with a diverse range of modalities to help clients achieve deep relaxation and recovery.

Cathie Provost

In my practice of massage therapy I use a blend of massages which include: Swedish, clinical, acupressure, polarity, myofacial release, reiki energy, and craniosacral. From light to firm pressure listening to the client, and their needs. A great deal of focusing on spinal alignment, with intentions of releasing blocked energy, muscular tightness, & relaxation throughout the whole, of body, mind, & spirit with a kind, and caring touch. Practicing for over 10 yrs.

Felicity Crittenden

Felicity is a certified 550 hour liscensed massage therapist practicing intuitive and compassionate massage for over thirteen years. Trained at Cypress Health Institute and Twin Lakes college of Healing Arts, Felicity is well experienced with anatomy and physiology, polarity, swedish massage, reiki, deep tissue accupressure, postural analysis and the relationship between mind, body and emotion. [Read more...]

Felicity McKnight

Felicity tailors each session to specifically meet your needs.  Practicing for nineteen years and teaching for the past ten.  Felicity brings warmth and care to each session.  Modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, NMT, Shiatsu, Reiki/Energy work, Kripalu bodywork, pre & post natal, lymphatic drainage and specializing in chronic pain relief.

Greta Pitsenbarger

Greta has been a Certified Massage Therapist for 26 years. She is a graduate of Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz (1989) and recently graduated from the 900-hour program at National Holistic Institute. She has experience internationally working in resort spas, health clubs and doing house calls for private clients. Greta has her own unique style, integrating Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Myofascial Therapy (MFT), Deep Tissue and Sports massage. She is strong if one needs a deeper massage, nurturing if one needs a relaxing massage, and knowledgeable if one is looking for help with specific issues. By targeting specific muscle groups using Deep Tissue massage and MFT, as well as demonstrating stretches, your session will feel productive. So whether you are looking for a stress-relieving relaxing massage, or help with specific issues such as chronic pain, or sports injuries, Greta will tailor her massage session to meet your needs. With years of experience and 1000 hours of training, you will be in good professional hands!

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