Swedish Massage:   A Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it's your  first time getting a massage, the Swedish massage is the perfect place to start.   If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure, even some momentary discomfort to get  relief from muscle stiffness and pain, it's better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another  form of Swedish massage.   What Happens During A Swedish Massage?  In a Swedish massage, we will lubricate your skin with massage oil and perform various strokes  that warm up and work the muscle tissue, releasing tension and breaking up muscle "knots" or  adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, eases your muscle  tension and create other health benefits.  Before the massage, we might ask you about any injuries or other conditions that we should know  about. Things you would want tell us include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions  like pregnancy. You can also tell us up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It's  best not to get a massage if you are ill.  After the consultation, we wil instruct you how to lie on the table -- face up or face down, and  underneath the sheet or towel -- and then we will leave the room. We will knock and ask if you are  ready before entering.   © John Golden, LMT All rights reserved.