A full table session devoted to the areas that will maximize relaxation. When you are mentally stressed and just need to turn off your brain for awhile, this is the ideal massage. Reclining on your back on the massage table, receive attention to the areas of your body with the greatest nervous system innervation. No need to disrobe (other than shoes and jewelry).
Focusing therapeutic touch where the body is most sensitive to tactile stimulation.
This is an image of the cortical homonculus, which represents how much attention the brain pays to different parts of the body. "The amount of primary somatosensory cortex devoted to a body part is not proportional to the absolute size of the body surface, but, instead, to the relative density of cutaneous tactile receptors on that body part. The density of cutaneous tactile receptors on a body part is generally indicative of the degree of sensitivity of tactile stimulation experienced at said body part." (wikipedia)
Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure in the form of long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, percussive and vibration techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. It promotes general relaxation, improves blood circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle tension.
At various points in this massage, I integrate lymphatic drainage which uses very light pressure strokes along the paths of the lymph vessels in order to move accumulations of fluid. It especially benefits the immune system and can be very helpful if there are conditions such as sinus congestion or puffy ankles.
When I find knots, I will encourage them to release with gentle myofascial spreading strokes. As the purpose of this massage is relaxation and stress management, if the knot is not ready to release, I will move on rather than compromise the rhythm of the massage or cause pain. If your concern is to aggressively slay knots, the targeted knotwork massage might be a better choice for you.
Relax, Destress and Breathe
Lotion is used in foot massage. Please let me know of any allergies you may have to lotion ingredients. The lotion I use is mostly unscented, although it does have some herbal and essential oil ingredients, from Natural Formulations, a small Chicago-based company: Ingredients in MCL Ultra-Glide Massage Creme Lotion.