Massage therapy, also known as Swedish massage, is the most common form of massage therapy in the United States.
One of the primary goals of Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by the use of long, smooth, gliding strokes, kneading and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle 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, improving circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.
It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps decrease muscle toxins, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Massage therapy also relieves stress and enhances immune function.