I am a qualified NVQ Swedish Body Masseuse
In Sweden, "Swedish massage" is simply known as "classic massage". And that is exactly what it is -- a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage. The five main techniques used in Swedish massage - stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or pounding; vibration - are probably what spring to mind when you think about a "typical" massage.
The various Swedish massage techniques are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.
Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:
Easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins.
Improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood.
Helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
Reducing emotional and physical stress.