Swedish / Prenatal


Swedish massage consists of hands-on work using light to medium pressure. A combination of effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, vibration are used.

Effleurage strokes are long and glide from the origin of the muscle to the end of the muscle, typically in the direction of bloodflow to the heart. This motion aids in circulation and lymphatic movement.

Petrissage gently lifts muscles away from the bone with rolling and squeezing motions.

Friction uses static, crossfiber, transverse, and multi-directional thumb or fingertip pressure. It is used to break down adhesions usually caused by inflammation or injury and encourage the circulation process.

Tapotement is when the therapist’s hands are used in an alternating striking motion; it attempts to release tension and cramping in muscles.

Vibration involves the therapist rocking or shaking the client’s back or limbs to help boost circulation.


Prenatal massage is a Swedish massage for those who are pregnant in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. This massage is typically light to firm in pressure and incorporates continuous effleurage strokes and light stretching to relieve any aches or pains. It promotes lymphatic movement which is great when experiencing swelling around the ankles and is also great for relaxation. If you’re pregnant and looking for massage in your 1st trimester, you must have permission from your preferred medical doctor. Ashley will not give you a massage in your 1st trimester without your doctor’s consent. However, she offers Reiki during the 1st trimester and her clients have found these sessions to be just as beneficial!

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The Compassionate Touch
Ashley Shears, LMT
Louisville, KY
(502) 414-1863