General Swedish Massage (GSM) is a common, widely-practiced form of massage therapy that allows the body to relax and release built-up stress and tension. A variety of techniques provides a range of treatments: GSM can be soft and gentle, vigorous and deep, and anything in-between. It can help increase blood circulation and oxygenate the blood; support the lymphatic system to detoxify; ameliorate flexibility and muscle range; reduce and remove adhesions; improve sleep...and much more!
What to Expect
For your first treatment, please arrive 15 minutes in advance. This allows time to discuss your health history, past injuries, and current ailments, as well as the treatment flow, benefits, and risks.
Once you are on the massage table, your only focus during the massage is your breath, allowing your body to rejoice, rest, and recover.
- Lifts moods and decreases stress
- Improves digestion and detoxification
- Aids in more restful sleep
- Reduces pain
- Increases feelings of overall well-being
GSM is a full hour that is yours to simply breathe and enjoy.
It is normal to feel a little groggy, so please be mindful to take some time to walk around, drink lots of water, and ground yourself before heading home.
While GSM is safe for many people, it may cause harm to some.
GSM is NOT recommended if you have:
- A bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medication
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep Vein Thrombosis or are prone to it
- Recently fractured bone(s)
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
- A form of cancer.
Please speak to you physician before receiving any treatment to ensure that massage supports you and is not harmful by exasperating your symptoms. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor and again with your RMT.