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Swedish Massage Therapy

A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she is trying to achieve.

If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure to get relief from chronic muscle pain, it’s better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another form of Swedish massage. If you have pain, it will likely take a series of massages to get results.

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Swedish massage and other types of therapeutic massage are performed by trained, licensed massage therapists.
What Happens During A Swedish Massage

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, among other health benefits.

Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about.

Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table — face up or face down, and underneath the sheet or towel — and then leaves the room.

He or she will knock or ask if you are ready before entering

 Swedish Massage Therapy

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology, compared to the energy-centric style more common in Asian forms of massage. Using lotion or oil, massage therapists typically begin with broad general strokes and then transition to specific strokes to address problem areas.

There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage therapy: effleurage (long smooth strokes), petrissage (kneading, rolling, and lifting), friction (wringing or small circular movements), tapotement (percussion), and vibration (rocking and shaking movements).

Swedish massage provides full-body muscle relaxation, and it can be especially helpful if you’re recovering from an injury.

A manicure is a beauty treatment for the fingernails and hand that can be practiced at home or at a spa. Manicure entails filing and shaping of the nails and massage of the hands. But there are various spa treatments you can choose from for a good manicure. Benefits of manicure: The massaging of the hands helps improve blood circulation. A manicure with lotions promotes nail growth, flexibility and retains moisture in the nail. So, it is important to get a good manicure and make sure that it is protected from harsh chemicals, which can make the nail brittle.

Birthday makeup look

For a while now we have been meaning to try the eye-taping technique, where you use a piece of sticky tape to mark out a sharp line for your eyeshadow/eyeliner. My birthday was the day.

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It worked really well! I recommend doing your foundation post-eyemakeup if you’re using this technique as the tape strips off quite a bit of coverage. However, all in all, I get the hype.  It left a clean sharp line and ensured there wasn’t any shadowy fallout on the temple that can leave it looking dirty. I chose to soften it slightly with a blending brush but the look was still much more clean cut. I’ll definitely be using this technique again!

Office makeup look

One challenge many young women face is choosing the right makeup for a corporate environment. Looking competent and professional is incredibly important. Although that might mean putting down the glittery eyeliner, it doesn’t have to mean bare-faced beauty. Studies have shown that women who wear make-up to work are more likely to get promoted. The trick is finding a look that enhances your natural beauty.

For most people, a striking look isn’t usually the way to go, but please don’t take that to mean that standing out in the workplace is always a bad strategy. Some of the most succesful women I know made an effort to stand out with their appearance, whether that be with bright lips or their choice of dress. However, smoky eyes in the workplace are generally considered a no-no. They either look too sultry or like you didn’t remove last night’s make-up. Either way, it doesn’t spell promote me!

Party make up look

Once you’ve found the perfect party dress, managed to track down the perfect shoes to go with it (that you thought existed only in your imagination), and the accompanying bag (a clutch, obviously), there’s only one thing left to pin down: the perfect party makeup looks to go with it.

As any self-respecting party girl knows, the key aspect of all party makeup looks is durability – whatever you paint on your face, running, fading or smudging is not an option. You don’t want to spend the entire night sneaking away to the bathroom to redo your eyeliner (the queues are bad enough), or having to do a lipstick check every time someone points a camera at your face, right?

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That goes for our hair too: there’s nothing worse than spending the best part of an evening with your hair in rollers, or in terrifying proximity to a pair of hair tongs only for those curls you’ve so painstakingly created to fall flat and limp within an hour of you leaving the house. Especially those times when you endured multiple burns to get there (having to keep your hands under cold water cuts heavily into valuable beautifying time).