Totality Medispa



Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.


Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people's blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.

Please talk with your professional massage therapist to see if a deep tissue massage therapy would be beneficial for you. 


Massage during pregnancy is a therapeutic type of bodywork that is designed to address the needs of the pregnant woman as her body goes through the typical changes of gestation. It is performed in a sideline position, when a mom-to-be comfortably propped by a body pillow.

Though massage can be received by majority of women through the most pregnancy term, to stay on a safe side, we recommend not to book it until you are over 14 weeks and prior to last four weeks. If you are willing to schedule a treatment after 8th month, a written consent from your obstetrician will be asked for to present. 

The gentle, noninvasive prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor, and give her nurturing emotional support. Studies have shown many maternal and newborn benefits when a relaxing massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Massage therapy can reduce and relieve muscular aches and ease joint pain, decrease anxiety.  A soothing pregnancy massage can decrease norepinephrine and cortisol - stress hormones that may negatively affect pregnancy.

About our therapist:

Elena is a South Carolina licensed massage therapist. She brings years of experience in corrective medical massage, deep tissue, hot stone, warm bamboo, rain drop detox aromatherapy, feet reflexology, prenatal, sport, neuromuscular and chair massage. She currently shares her work hours between Totality and Kiawah Golf Resort Spa.