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:

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.

Gianluca Ciulla

Gianluca has been doing massage and bodywork on and off since he graduated in 2006 from the Arcata School of Massage in northern California. At ASM, he learned many different bodywork modalities including Deep tissue, Swedish, Trigger point, Myofacial, Shiatsu, and Cranial sacral as well as Somatics and Trauma work. Aside from working on bodies, he also likes to fix and build things. The fascination of how things work, and problem solving how to fix them when they stop working, carries over into how he sees the movement and function of the human body. 

Gretchen Retka

Gretchen Retka is a Cypress Health Institute Certified CAMTC massage graduate and University of MN Music/Theatre graduate with a passion for healing and performing arts. Gretchen finds joy in the articulation and cultivation of refining the body as a tool to simultaneously evolve the mind, emotions and spirit for healing or personal expression! Massage techniques include Swedish, Thai, Myofascial, Prenatal, Postnatal, Abdominal massage and energy work in Reiki and Cranial sacral. 

With 13 years of yoga practice and teaching since 2008, Gretchen’s training (350 hours CYT) includes Living Yoga Program with an emphasis in yoga combining ideokinesis, Prenatal Yoga with Hannah Muse at the Mount Madonna Center, Baptiste Power Yoga, and Yoga Behind Bars. Gretchen has dived deeply into Iyengar, Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Tao Yoga, while traveling to India and Thailand for Thai Yoga Massage training and Eastern Secrets of Love (Tao & Tantra)

Prior to moving to Santa Cruz, with a love for travel, Gretchen has attended births in a variety of settings ,including home births with traditional midwives, hospitals alongside nursing staff, and birth centers internationally. Passionate to provide care which empowers each and every family leading to healthy birth outcomes, Gretchen is very grateful to be a part of the diverse Santa Cruz community, as a prenatal yoga teacher, massage therapist and doula. When she is not helping families through this life changing transition, she loves to play music, read, dance salsa, be in the ocean, hike, be with family, and travel.

Jason Mandell

Jason Mandell has been offering massage to the world since 1995.  Initially trained in Swedish and Polarity, Jason has gone on to study and incorporate into his own unique style other various modalities including Shiatsu, Thai massage and Phenomenal Touch. He views his mission in massage as a way to locate holding patterns held in the nexus of the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual body. Once found, an invitation is given to redirect the energy of these holding patterns, offering a release of tension and an opportunity to find more groundation in one’s body and one’s sense of self. All is connected. The less tension in the body, the less tension in the world.  The less tension in the world, the less tension in the body.

Jeanne Thompson

My massage interest and studies began early in the 1980s, when I was a founding member of Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz. As a Certified Massage Therapist, my bodywork experience over the past 40 years has included Swedish Massage, Polarity Therapy, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Shiatsu, Lohan, Chi Nei Tsang, Reiki Energy Healing, and Reflexology, as well as studies in aromatherapy, nutrition, herbs and natural health care. [Read more…]

Jeremy Kotenburg

Trained in Swedish, Thai, Reiki, Acupressure, Chakra balancing and deep tissue massage techniques.

Julian Campbell

In 2014 Julian began his work as a massage therapist. He graduated from National Holistic Institute in San Jose and is a Bay Area native. When he’s not practicing he enjoys trail running and spending time at the beach. His technique is centered around balance; not too firm or too soft, too fast or slow. His favorite modality to practice is Deep Tissue but he also specializes in Swedish and Prenatal Massage. He’s passionate about wellness and strives to give the best massage each and every time. A massage with him will leave you feeling loose, relaxed and ready for more.