One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energise the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic techniques, all flowing towards the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, effleurage, friction, percussive and tapping strokes, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin.
The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalised relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and improved circulation, without increasing heart rate. It also helps in speeding healing and reducing swelling from injury.