The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy.
It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, musical, tapping strokes, on top layers of muscles.
This is also shared with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both calming and refreshing. And it may even help after an injury.
A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or energetic and revitalizing, depending on the therapist's personal style and what he or she is trying to achieve.
In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and slowly breaking up muscle knots or adhered tissues, called adhesions.
Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.