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:

Lotus Salvatore

Lotus was born in Mountain View, California, is a Bay Area native and always enjoyed giving massages growing up. After getting her BA in Psychology from Humboldt State, she traveled to Asia and studied massage styles such as Shiatsu, Thai and Indian styles. She went on to Bali and studied Balinese massage and Indian scalp massage as well.  She decided to get her full training in a massage school and got certified at the De Anza massage program for two years, covering Myofascial Release, Sports, Swedish, Craniosacral, Acupressure, Reflexology, Tapotement and more.  She is also Yoga Certified with Yoga Alliance and knows the body well, as she is also an active fire dancer and believes massage therapy is great for healing the body, circulation and good health.  Other useful healing tools she has acquired are aromatherapy, Reiki and bamboo massage.  She uses all her knowledge and intuition to give the best quality massage for each individual she can offer.

Mike Artesona

Mike is graduate of the National Holistic Institute. He has completed over 1350 hours of training and is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist. He is trained in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Therapies, and brings in aspects of acupressure and reflexology. 

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.

Pearl Jones

Pearl is native to Santa Cruz, and second generation massage therapist. Graduated locally from Cypress Health Institute in 2011. She has spent the last 8 years practicing massage and becoming the intuitive healer she is today. Specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Hot-Stone, Chakra- clearing, and Polarity energy work. On her time, off she enjoys adventuring about our beautiful community with her husband and 3 sons. After all of her years in Santa Cruz, she still finds new treasures to be experienced. Change and newness are joys in life.

Rose McPherren

Rose has been passionate about the “Healing Arts,” for the past 12 yrs. She is trained in many different healing modalities: Structual Integration, Sports massage, Swedish, Pre-natal, Lomi~Lomi, Craniosacral and Body Psychology. She takes an innovative approach to her body work by assessing the muscle system on a deeper level, that ultimately addresses “structural” issues that may cause additional restriction throughout the entire body. Her focus is on areas that are injury specific or “trouble areas” in the body that may normally get over looked in a traditional massage session. Rose gives strong attention to detail and has deep listening skills in the subtle energy body, which can invite a strong sense of safety and provides an overall ease for deeper healing. Rose addresses the body with a beautiful holistic approach through seeing it as a whole and complete system.

Sandrah Overton

Certified in 1990, Sandra’s training includes Deep Tissue, Sports massage, Swedish massage, and Ayurvedic massage. She has used massage to help herself rehabilitate from three knee surgeries and other sports related injuries. She works from personal experience to provide her clients with a transformative and healing massage.

Sarah Graff

Sarah is a graduate from the Cypress Health Institute massage program in Santa Cruz where she studied Swedish massage, Polarity therapy and Craniosacral therapy. As a practitioner, she focuses on creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience for all of her clients, using primarily Swedish techniques tailored to each individual and their specific needs.

As a student of yoga, a surfer and outdoor enthusiast, she recognizes the stress our bodies often endure and the importance of keeping them balanced and healthy. Sarah is passionate about well-being and the connection between mind, body and spirit, and strives to create an environment in which her clients can experience that.