Détente Santé du Plateau L'Escapade Clinic Answers Your Questions

What is a Swedish Massage?

A Swedish massage is a sequence of maneuvers applied to the muscle mass or joints that serves to restore tired, sluggish or blocked muscles. This type of massage uses classic kinesitherapy, and resembles a sports massage, medical massage or rehabilitative massage.

The objective of a Swedish massage is to maximize the body’s capacity for action. It improves blood circulation by promoting the flow of blood to the heart. It also improves lymphatic circulation, nutrition and cellular elimination. A Swedish massage reharmonizes tensions and stimulates the body’s self-regulatory functions, calling upon its self-healing power. The main function of a Swedish massage is to correct muscular alignment. There are seven recognized maneuvers: light or deep stroking (affects fluids), friction, percussion, elongation (specifically for muscles), traction and compression (specifically for joints and bones), vibration and joint mobilization.

In a Swedish massage, the skin is the medium that is used to bring relief of muscle pain. The warmth of the hand dilates the blood vessels and increases blood flow. The massage usually culminates with a period of rest that can vary in length. The client can then feel the benefits of the energetic maneuvers of the Swedish massage.

A Swedish massage is intended for anyone who is concerned by physical strength or muscle tone. It can physically help to correct a person’s muscular or mental condition in order to promote flexibility and muscle tone. It is effective for both men and women, and for any person whose physical activity is lacking, by toning the muscles and preventing the stagnation of blood circulation. It is also ideal for athletes, because it accelerates the healing of painful muscles. It relaxes people who are nervous and experiencing stress by regenerating their nervous system and improving the quality of their sleep.

Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of massages in Québec. Swedish massage is not intended for people who are hypersensitive or who are physically active, because their muscles are already very busy. Given the fact there are a number of counter-indications to Swedish massage, we recommend that you consult a massotherapist before making an appointment.

What is a Lymphatic Drain?

A gentle but effective technique, lymphatic drainage, which is a slow, light and repetitive massage, was developed by a Danish therapist named Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid in the 1930s. They discovered that a superficial massage stimulates the lymphatic system and has a decongestant action. This led them to devise a method of treatment for the entire body. This technique has various applications ranging from self-treatment of temporary swelling to medical treatment of chronic edema.


The lymphatic system collects metabolic degradation products and evacuates them. It consists of a series of nodes connected by vessels. Grouped into clusters, the lymph nodes which are mainly located in the neck, armpit and groin, contain lymphocyte cells that fight against infection by producing antibodies that destroy pathogens contained in the lymph, a watery liquid.

The connective tissue nourishes cells, but when it is engorged, the nutrition and waste discharges to the venous circulation slow down. Lymphatic drainage, stimulating lymph flow, improves vital functions and strengthens the immune system.


Lymphatic drainage is effective in treating many ailments - swellings, bruises, injuries - and it facilitates healing. It decongests sinuses, fights against water retention and cellulite, but also relieves joint pain. It is one of the first cares for minor burns, beatings and abrasions. To be effective, it must be practiced regularly by a competent therapist.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a therapeutic massage that generally applied to the feet, the hands and the ears in order to restore the balance of energy throughout the body. The Egyptians, Chinese and Japanese have known about this technique for thousands of years! It has now been recognized beyond all doubt that, by massaging these areas of the body, we can communicate with every area of the body, without exception, and help to re-establish cellular and organic order. Reflexology allows us to contact our vital force using reflex points located on the entire body and to activate circulation so that this intelligence can repair the cells.

A complete reflexology massage of the feet lasts approximately one hour, thirty minutes for the hands, and fifteen minutes for the ears. The area of application for reflexology is vast. It is primarily used to relieve insomnia, stress, fatigue, joint problems (bursitis, tendonitis), sciatica, low back pain, cystitis, asthma, migraines, menstrual pain, haemorrhoids, torticollis, and other conditions.

A lighter pressure is required when massaging the elderly or babies, because their energy flow travels at a different pace than that of adults. When it is applied properly, reflexology brings relief to many of the ills experienced by human beings, because it is an efficient tool for stimulating the healing energy that resides in each of us. The speed and simplicity of reflexology are astonishing, and its versatility makes it an excellent tool that is integrated to the whole practice.

Our massages and therapies are available individually or as part of packages.

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