Swedish Massage refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
The goal is relaxing the entire body and this is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Additional techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms,
firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Lotion is often used to reduce friction and stimulate the skin.
There are six techniques used in administering Swedish massage. These techniques are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Tapottement, Traction, Vibration.
It also stimulates your lymphatic system, helping the body to rid itself of stored toxins and strengthening your immune system.
The elimination of these toxins and metabolic wastes shortens recovery time after intense exercise.
Your nervous system also benefits from Swedish massage, which is why it's so closely associated with relaxation and pampering. In fact,
regular massage is often recommended as part of an overall stress management program.