In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, circulation, and various other health benefits.
During a Swedish massage you are generally nude underneath a towel or sheet. The therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on. If the nudity gets you out of your comfort zone, you can keep your underwear on, and many newcomers do. You can also wear loose fitting shorts and a tank top, to keep you covered, but still make it easier to access those tense areas.