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:

Aaron Drake

Aaron is a graduate of Cypress Health Institute  in Santa Cruz. Aaron specializes in Deep tissue, and is trained in a multiple of modalities, including Swedish, Cranial Sacral, Polarity, Reflexology and Structural Integration. Aaron enjoys the symbiotic relationship with his clients. He loves to help people feel more comfortable in their bodies, because it makes him feel better too. In his free time, Aaron enjoys playing percussion, juggling, and performing puppet shows for children.

Aimee Hanson

I combine a mix of Swedish, Shiatsu, Reiki, myofascial release and polarity.  I use a client centered approach, adjusting pressure and massage types based on each individual session.  The goal is relaxation and assisting in wellbeing. I have over 16 years of experience and look forward to working with you. 

Amy Katz

Amy values listening to the wisdom of the body to return to a natural state of ease. She practices Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Biodynamic Craniosacral, and Barefoot Deep Tissue/Sports Massage. Amy received her training at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, in 2008. 

Annamaria Russo

Trained locally at Cypress Health Institute and at Institute Esalen in Big Sur, I have been practicing massage since 2007. Specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish and Esalen-style deep bodywork. It is my goal to create a safe space for relaxation, stress reduction, and healing on a deeper level.

Ashley Keith

Ashley’s foundation for her intuitive, creative bodywork sessions comes from her study and practice of yoga, sound health and her passionate genuine connection and deep listening to another person’s well-being.  She began her studies in Berlin, Germany where she apprenticed in a studio called OSHO Rebalance Massage.  She continued her education at Cypress Health Institute of Santa Cruz and Esalen Institute of Big Sur.  Ashley combines the elements of Swedish massage, Acupressure, Polarity and Reiki energy work, to tailor each session to meet every client’s needs.

Chris Hutcherson

Chris studied at Mueller College of Holistic Health in San Diego, where he focused on Shiatsu, Tuina and Chinese Meridian Theory.  He incorporates this into Myofascial, Deep Tissue and Sports massage, helping to facilitate muscle relaxation, stress relief and calming of the mind.  He is also trained in Craniosacral Therapy.  Chris has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2005.

Felicity McKnight

Felicity tailors each session to specifically meet your needs. Practicing for over 25 years and teaching for nearly half that time, 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.