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:

Jessa Steinman

Jessa studied massage at Cypress Health Institute and the Monterey Institute of Touch. She specializes in deep tissue and myofascial release and draws upon the foundations of cranial sacral to calm the nervous system and invite the client into deep relaxation. Her study and practice of Yoga & Ayurveda initially inspired her to become a Massage Therapist — as a path to continue learning about the human body and expanding within the field of Healing Arts. Jessa enjoys integrating her education in movement therapy with massage in order to guide clients in caring for their own bodies.

Karuna Gutowski

Karuna offers client-based bodywork that facilitates deep relaxation, stress reduction and relief of chronic pain through an integration of Swedish and deep tissue massage combined with Trigger Point release, and subtle Reiki energywork. [Read more…]

Katy Edwards

Katy can barely remember a time in her life where massage wasn’t a part of it; she just took to it at a young age — walking up and down her mother’s back and even giving chair massages to her fellow students throughout grade school. 

Shortly after graduating high-school, Katy realized she could make a living doing what she loved, so she got certified in 2002. She started her career in the spa environment, and has since worked with chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors and has even taught massage herself at the National Holistic Institute.

Over the years, Katy has developed a relaxing, yet productive, massage style by combining a unique blend of Western and Eastern techniques — Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, and Acupressure to give her clients a custom-blended massage that fits their needs. She looks forward to working with you!

Kyoko Kawashima

Practices Swedish, Polarity, Deep tissue, Shiatsu, Reiki, Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage).

Laurel Wanner

I graduated in 1992 from Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz, certified with a focus in Swedish and Polarity.  I have since studied table Shiatsu, deep Swedish and Prenatal which I incorporate into my work when appropriate. [Read more…]

Laury McInerney

Laury is a Santa Cruz local and has been in the health and wellness business for almost 30 years.  She began her studies at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in 1988 and became certified in Swedish, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Acupressure, and Polarity.  She has also worked with several chiropractors from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz and has a Chiropractic  Assistant certification as well.

Currently she is employed part time as a personal fitness trainer at Bodyworks private gym on Seabright Avenue  and has been there since 1997.  She became certified to teach Yin Yoga in 2014 and is now taking the Yoga Teacher Training program at Pleasure Point Yoga to teach Vinyasa flow.

Laury’s favorite activities while she’s not providing massage are, attending jazz concerts at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, performing locally with her band, swing dancing, being in nature, running and swimming.  She is  to be a part of the Well Within team!

Lisa DiBello

Lisa has been in private practice and employed at note-worthy spa and healing facilities continuously for 17 years since her graduation from the Swedish Institute in NYC. Though originally from NY, she has lived, trained and traveled in Asia, and has resided in six US States on the East and West Coasts, the Southwest and Colorado.

She has studied Traditional Thai Massage extensively in the US and in Thailand as well as one year of formal TCM study at Beijing University for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her work aims at resolving both short and long-term soft-tissue imbalance and her style is defined by quiet, deep relaxation – utilizing Swedish, Thai and Japanese Shiatsu massage techniques. It will include the subtle use of specific points along the energy meridians as well as suggestions for take-home physical/postural behavior modifications. Expect to walk away from the table with your nervous system noticeably calmed and your senses reinvigorated.