What is a Swedish Massage?

The Swedish massage uses that of long flowing strokes which are usually in the direction of the heart, and it is specifically designed to increase both circulation and blood flow. There are six most basic strokes in Swedish massage, which are: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, compression, and vibration. As well, there is usually a form of cream or lotion applied to the skin in order to reduce the wrong kind of friction and to allow for smoother strokes. The Swedish massage is actually considered by many as being the best and as well it is typically the most well known.