Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.

The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes. The term "Swedish" massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called "classic massage".

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I recently had a Body Scrub with Ellen Cross. While the Scrub itself was fantastic, Ellen's professionalism, experience and intuitive response added immensely to the benefits - including relief from chronic pain. I felt totally relaxed, rejuvenated and very grateful to have been on her table! Highly recommended!

Deidre, Longboat Key

Your great massage technique cured my very stiff neck that hurt for so long. It did what the physical therapy could not do.

Now that my neck is better I continue to have your massages because with your expertise, there's always some spot needing attention.

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Esther, Florida

Liz is one of those rare massage therapists who can "listen" to your body and know just what is needed for healing. She works miracles daily! My weekly 90 minutes with Liz is heaven!

Flinn, Longboat Key