Swedish massage was developed in the 1700's by a Swedish doctor and is considered to be the first organized and systematic method of modern massage therapy of a therapeutic nature in the western world.
The specific strokes and manipulations of Swedish massage are each conceived as having definite therapeutic benefits.
The goal of Swedish massage is to flush toxins from in and around our cells, speed the venous return of those toxins along with de-oxygenated blood back to the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys to be replenished with fresh oxygen and other nutrients from the small intestines.
Swedish massage includes long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well being.