Swedish massage therapy is the best known type of massage. It’s what that comes to mind when we think about massage. The main goal of the Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by treating the muscles with long, soft, kneading, strokes. As well as light tapping strokes on the top surface layers of muscles, going in the direction of blood flow to the heart. Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is beneficial for increasing oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Swedish massage can be relaxing and energizing through relieving muscle tension. It may even help after an injury.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells which are part of the immune system, and boost the immune cells that help fight colds and flu.