Holistic or Swedish Massage is the most well known or recognised massage in the West. If you are new to massage it’s the perfect place to start. It involves the rhythmic application of a range of massage strokes and techniques, the aim is treat the client holistically or the whole person, rather than focussing on a particular problem area. The concept is that by allowing the whole body to relax this aids the natural healing mechanisms of the body, combating stress and promoting well being.
Holistic massage is performed on a massage couch with massage oil and towels. It can be slow, gentle and relaxing or combine medium pressure or deeper techniques where required. Pressure is bespoke to the client and your preference may depend on the time of day or what you feel your body needs at the time.