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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Valparaiso, IN

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"I've been training with Laura for several years now and I'm the strongest I've ever been. I've also been improving my posture and addressing those nagging muscle aches I get from working and standing for long periods of time. She's very knowledgeable and get you to improve on the things you need the most. Laura's the best"
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"Rocky is so fun to workout with! He brings a smile to my face when I see him rocking it out into the gym!"
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  • 18 years in business
"The Demolition EXPERT provided quality level service and worked diligently to help us achieve our home improvement goal. Would highly recommend his services."
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  • 8 years in business
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"I am pro dominant and will stand by my service and put my life on the line that I am one of the best around. I've studied at Kaplan College, got my associate's degree, and graduated with a 3.6 GPA. The services I offer are myofacial release, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, pre- and post-sporting events, hot stones, and Reiki."
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"I am currently still in school for massage therapy but I have enough experience now to do the basics Swedish, reflexology, sports, and chair massage along with cranial base release. I graduate in October of this year 2018. I have my own massage table, massage room at my home and massage chair. I will only be available at my home on weekends Saturday and Sunday because of class during the week and I am also working as a MT (massage therapist)at the Kennedy Avenue Wellness Center in Hammond, IN. I have a lot of clients/patients there. Please book accordingly. I love to heal the human body period or even just create relaxing enjoyable moment for everyone. I believe we all need to just take time out for ourselves and have that one to pamper ourselves and just relax. Get away from worry or stress for awhile. Make some time for you."
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"its relaxing environment, has no problem, very clean, and humble, and very respectful"
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"I specialize in deep tissue massage, sports massage and trigger point therapy."
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"Premier swedish massage for relaxation with aspects of trigger point, myo-facial and deep tissue included. Cranial, face and hand massage done upon request. Other requested therapies may be extra. They say it's not a job if you love what you do! I've been providing my talents since I was a child and have only recently started doing it professionally. Helping people sleep better and relax are fundamental reasons why I chose to turn professional. With continued education I hope to expand my scope of practice into many modalities with an emphasis on myo-facial release techniques and with interests in pet massage and fibromyalgia relief."

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What are the different Swedish massage techniques?

There are five main techniques in Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Within each category there are various movements, all intended to ease muscle tension and pain. Each movement has a specific purpose for loosening, warming, soothing or stimulating your muscles during your massage. Here is a breakdown of each of the five Swedish massage techniques:

  • Effleurage: Sweeping, gliding, smooth long strokes done with the hands or forearms. These strokes can loosen and warm the body and are said to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Friction: These circular or transverse rubbing strokes are also warming and can get deeper into the muscle tissue. They should be avoided on injured or inflamed areas or areas.
  • Petrissage: Lifting, kneading, skin rolling, muscle rolling and wringing. These movements help with circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration, and aid in loosening tense muscles.
  • Tapotement: Tapping, plucking, cupping and pounding. Tapotement movements can help improve blood circulation and cell rejuvenation, and also relax and release tight muscles.  
  • Vibration: Rocking, shaking and trembling movements. These motions can help muscles release.

What is a Swedish style massage?

Swedish massage is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, according to the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, as well as to relieve depression and anxiety and aid in recuperation from chronic illness. Swedish massage is also referred to as classical massage, and — contrary to popular understanding — does not originate from Sweden. There are five main strokes, or movements, that make up a Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Each technique was created to help soothe, stimulate, soften, and rejuvenate muscles and other soft tissue.

During a Swedish style massage, the client will lie on a massage table in a comfortable position — usually facedown to start. Clients can choose to be clothed or nude; if they are nude, the massage therapist will drape them with a cloth so they are never exposed. A Swedish massage typically lasts from 45 to 120 minutes, depending on client need and pricing agreement. During the massage, the therapist typically employs all of the stroke techniques as a way to ease any tension in the body. Swedish massage is one of the most gentle types of massage and is known for being soothing and relaxing.

Why is it called a Swedish massage?

Everyone loves Swedish massage. It’s soothing and relaxing and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, is proven to relieve pain. Swedish massage can also relieve symptoms associated with chronic illness, arthritis, depression and other ailments. The term Swedish massage is actually a massive mixup, according to Massage Magazine. The technique would be more aptly named classical massage, which it is often called. What we in the United States refer to as Swedish massage was actually invented by a Dutch physician named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger systematized and gave French names to the five massage techniques used today in Swedish (or classic) massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. The confusion began when the techniques systematized by Mezger were attributed to Per Henrik Ling, the founder of the Swedish Movement System who had practiced his similar techniques in his gymnasium. In many parts of the world, Swedish massage is called classic massage, and most massage therapists will understand either term.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

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