The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed aid relaxation of the muscles by applying pressure to them and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage may help recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. 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. It can be beneficial for those suffering from stress and anxiety and helps many people unwind and relax.