Swedish massage therapy is the most well-known and widely practiced type of therapeutic massage—and for good reason. This type of massage focuses on muscle relaxation, targeting superficial muscles (rather than the connective tissues targeted in deep-tissue massage) and increasing blood circulation.
Swedish massage decreases stress and stress related pains such as headaches and shoulder pain, and releases “good mood” endorphins. It’s also linked with better sleep and a boost to the immune system as the light pressure used is ideal for the lymphatic system.
Swedish massage is also well known for its benefits to the skin – the reduction of swelling and movement of lymphatic fluid can help lead to glowing skin when used on a regular basis.