What to Expect During a Swedish Massage

What to Expect During a Swedish Massage Kalamazoo, MI

When was the last time you did something just for you? If you’ve been feeling stressed or tired lately, you owe it to yourself to schedule a Swedish massage at our luxury spa. Unlike Asian-style massage based on the flow of energy through “meridians,” Swedish massage is based on Western ideas of physiology and anatomy.

Continue reading to learn what you can expect during a Swedish massage. If you have any questions before your appointment, feel free to reach out to our body massage spa at the Henderson Castle.


Share Medical History

For your safety, our massage therapist will ask about your medical history. It’s not uncommon for us to use lotion or oil during the massage, which is why we need to know if you have any allergies. We recommend discussing the pros and cons of massage with your doctor before scheduling an appointment. For example, your doctor may advise against massage if you have severe osteoporosis. Your safety is always one of our major concerns, which is why we ask about your medical history and any other concerns you may have at the start of your appointment.

Know Your Comfort Level

For your massage, we’ll ask you to undress only to the extent that’s comfortable for you. While some people have no problem being completely naked under the sheet, others may opt to keep on their underwear or wear a swimsuit. If you would like to keep some of your clothes on, wear loose clothing so you can still benefit from the body massage. We want the guests at our massage spa to always feel comfortable and relaxed.

Speak Up

Different people like different amounts of pressure to work loose the knots in their backs and feel relaxed. Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage, which is great for beginners who are enjoying their first time at a spa. During the appointment, the massage therapist will do a combination of kneading, rolling, vibration, percussive, and tapping movements.

Speak up if you feel any pain or discomfort during your massage so we can ease the pressure. While some types of massage (like deep tissue) may leave you feeling sore the next day, you should never feel pain during your appointment. Spa treatments like massage should always be relaxing, not painful.

Feel Better

Swedish massage is said to have many health benefits. Relax massage is about so much more than just feeling pampered (although that’s great too). It’s about restoring your health. For example, we offer an upgrade for deep tissue massage to target damaged or sore muscles. Your appointment can last up to 60 or 90 minutes, depending on which of our massage services you choose.

Benefits of Swedish massage include:

  • Less stress
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Improved circulation
  • Pain relief
  • Dissolution of scar tissue
Henderson Castle is home to a boutique inn, gourmet restaurant, and spa. To make your reservations for a single or couples massage at our Kalamazoo massage spa, call us at (269) 344-1827.