Swedish Massage is the most commonly offered and best known massage technique. This technique focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation of both body and mind. Using massage oils and creams, the therapist uses long flowing and rhythmic kneading strokes to the major muscle groups with light to moderate pressure. Other classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping. Swedish massages uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension, and create other health benefits.
The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massages shortens recovery time from muscular strain, by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Swedish Massage also shows an improvement in helping with circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them subtle and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system, and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress both physical and emotional, and it is suggested as a regular program for stress management.