Saturday, February 22, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Basic Swedish Massage for Couples and Other Pairs of Friends
This couples massage class is based on simple, easy-to-learn Swedish and sports massage techniques and is designed to help you and your partner share the nurturing, relaxing, therapeutic benefits of massage with each other.
The next basic class will be offered October 27 in Seattle (register online). If you prefer to register with me directly, if you have any questions, or if you would like to receive info on future classes, please e-mail me or call 206-624-6255.
Each basic class costs $150 per couple/pair of friends. I keep lecture to a minimum and emphasize the massage techniques and communication skills that will let you use your new skills right away. I limit class size to no more than eight couples to ensure that each couple/pair gets personal attention.
These classes are designed for couples, but other pairs of friends are always welcome.
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing for the class. You will be fully clothed for most of the class, and I have good privacy- and modesty-protecting practices for the brief sections of the classes which require some disrobing.
Classes are offered in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Pre-registration is required.
Gift certificates for the couples classes, and for massage sessions, are available on my massage gift certificate page.
Partner Massage Tutorials
If you want to learn massage techniques to address a particular concern, or if you just want to delve deeper into some of the techniques introduced in my classes, I also offer tutorials at my regular hourly rates ($80 per hour).
About the Instructor
Larry Swanson, LMP, has taught couples massage and partner massage classes since 2003. He has practiced massage professionally since 1999. A graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage’s rigorous 1,000-hour professional licensing program, he has subsequently completed over 700 hours of continuing education courses. In addition to his massage training and experience, he worked in educational publishing for 12 years and has studied tai chi since 1989. He also publishes information on office fitness and workplace health for stressed-out desk workers and speaks on office fitness at conferences and other events.
Backed by Research
One more reason to take a couples massage class:
Touching helps couples reduce stress. This article summarizes research that demonstrates that couples who engaged in “non-sexual, caring physical touch” (a good description of what I teach in this class) “had higher levels of oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’ and the ‘cuddle chemical,’ while their levels of alpha amylase, a stress indicator, were reduced.”
My Mom and I really enjoyed the class and would definitely be recommending it to friends!
Thank you for an excellent couples massage workshop. Your presentation was excellent and we enjoyed the afternoon learning from you.
Thank you so much for the couples massage class! It was a wonderful bonding experience. We left the class relaxed yet rejuvinated and enjoyed every moment! Your personal attention to each couple and specific instruction in particular instances was accurate and understandable. We look forward to taking future classes with you!
Thank you and kind regards,
Adrianne and Rob
My wife and I really enjoyed Larry’s couples massage class. We spent a day in downtown Seattle doing the tourist thing, and then we went to the couples massage class. Larry is a great teacher, and we enjoyed learning from him. We both really enjoyed Larry’s low-key approach and his through knowledge of massage. We both highly recommend Larry’s couples massage class.
Dave & Rhonda
COUPLES MASSAGE BOOKS
The Massage Book, George Downing
Classic guide to massage for the lay person. Simple line illustrations and detailed instructions.
The Book Of Massage
Good overview of Swedish/Western techniques, Shiatsu, and reflexology, as well as self-massage and other topics.
The New Sensual Massage, Gordon Inkeles
Good guide to partner massage with lots of illustrations (just so you know, all of the models are nude).
Learn Massage in a Weekend, Nitya Lacroix
Good overview of oils, self-massage, and floor massage (sort of like what I teach in my basic class).
KISS Guide to Massage (Keep It Simple Series), Clare Maxwell-Hudson
Another good overview of basic massage skills.
MUSIC FOR MASSAGE
Shamanic Dream II, Anugama
In my office, my clients and I have listened to pretty much nothing but this CD for the past several years. It’s a nice blend of flutes, percussion, and other ambient, non-irritating New Age sounds.
Shamanic Dream, Anugama
Almost as good as Shamanic Dream II.
Compilation of trippy, ethereal grooves from around the world. Not all tracks are good for massage (some of the vocals and lyrics can be a little distracting), but about 3/4 of the tracks on each CD are perfect. The link takes you to Vol. 1. I have vols. 1-4, and they’re all good.
Dream, Naby Camara
Normally, I don’t like to play percussion-heavy music during massage, but this CD of traditional balafon music from West Africa is produced with nice, even levels, and there are no vocals, so it works well as massage background music.