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.

Brad Souza

Brad received his training from the National Holistic Institute and is licensed by the California Massage Therapy Council. Brad is passionate about helping people on their healing journey and his goal at the end of each session is to have his client well-balanced, with an improved state of body and mind. He integrates different modalities from a soothing Swedish Massage to therapeutic work, including passive/active stretching, deep tissue, and sports. His top priority is to address areas of discomfort and any other areas of the body that are contributing to areas of pain. He takes his time with each session making sure the body is fully relaxed to help its restorative process. Whether you have specific goals such as reduction of pain or muscle tightness, injury recovery, improved range of motion, or just want a relaxing and renewing massage, he will work with you to find an approach that will best serve you.

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.