Swedish massage is most often thought of, as "traditional" massage. One of the main goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. But Swedish massage therapy accomplishes much more than relaxation.
Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, stretching, friction, bending, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ affects the rest of the body producing a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and wellbeing. Swedish massage is very beneficial for increasing the oxygen level in the blood. It can decrease muscle toxins, improve circulation and flexibility.
Everyone prefers a different touch. Some like a very gentle, sweeping motion. Others enjoy strong deep kneading motions. Because Swedish includes several different techniques, you need to tell your massage therapist what you like and definitely what you don’t like. If you have never had a massage, you need to just try it out and let the massage therapist know as you go. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.