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Hitting the spa for a special occasion or monthly maintenance is a treasure on its own. Finding the right massage for your body can enhance the experience immensely.

Touch and Technique

A Swedish massage features long, soothing strokes from light to firm pressure, depending on your needs. Shiatsu offers pressure point work performed along your energy channels.

Dress Code

Oils and lotions are used in a Swedish massage, so no clothing is necessary. Shiatsu can be performed over loose and comfortable clothing.

Benefits and Beyond

Easing tension and increasing circulation are the main focuses for a Swedish massage. Increasing energy flow, reducing fatigue and overall rejuvenation are the purposes of Shiatsu.

Around the World

Swedish massage originated in Europe, whereas Shiatsu comes from Asia.

About the Author

Elana Kluner

Los Angeles-based writer Elana Kluner has been writing internationally since 2008. Her work has been published in M2Women Magazine, DANZ Quarterly, Central leader, Western Leader, The Other Duck and Spa Violet. Kluner graduated with a Bachelor's degree in creative writing from Auckland University of Technology and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.