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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We've been clients of Liz for over ten years now. Previously we'd used a series of massage therapists over the last 40 years. None have come close to the satisfaction provided by Liz. We think of her weekly visit as a "system reset" that is a vital part of our busy lives.

Liz's pursuit of both anatomical knowledge and therapeutic advancements place her WAY beyond the "masseuse" category.

Richard, Florida

I am in the restaurant business and spend a lot of time on my feet. Because of the long hours and my advancing middle age starting to take its toll, massage was recommended to me for both stress reduction and my various aches and pains. I found Mary Tamez initially at another massage place en route to my business.

After a few great visits I can't tell you how thrilled I was that Mary was joining forces with Liz Yerkes at a new venture right above our Lazy Lobster restaurant on Longboat Key. The place is great! The atmosphere is adjustable from open airy with a "massage in the trees" effect or quite and secluded with the drapes drawn.

Mary's calm and friendly personality makes you feel at ease the moment you arrive, and the massage session is so relaxing and healing I always leave the cozy setting feeling 100% better and looking forward to my next session! Mary is the best therapist I've ever experienced-- she gets to know you and caters her style and technique to your preferences. She is caring, compassionate and clearly experienced in massage. I give her the highest recommendation. Liz enjoys an equally outstanding reputation as well.

Michael, Longboat Key

Liz is professional, skillful and personable and her massages never fail to leave me relaxed and free from pain.

Larry, Washington DC