Swedish Massage, also known as traditional relaxation massage, is the use of light to moderate pressure on the muscles, in conjunction with long, gliding strokes toward the heart. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release muscle toxins, while also calming the nervous system.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strains and pains by flushing lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes from the muscular tissue. It increases circulation, and stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves at the same time. It reduces both emotional and physical stress, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. Swedish Massage also has many specific medical uses.