The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of massage techniques that are 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 main goal of a Swedish massage is to help increase the flow of oxygen in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and can be an intregal part of a regular program for stress management. Without increasing the load on the heart, it increases circulation. Another benefit of sweish massage is that it stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time.