Swedish massage is the classic style of bodywork and is the most popular and familiar massage method being practiced today. It is a scientific system of manipulations of the muscles and connective soft tissue of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation, and health maintenance. It directly increases blood circulation, thus enhancing delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the tissues. It also increases lymph circulation, which speeds up the removal of viruses, bacteria, toxins and metabolic waste, and the by-products of tissue damage and inflammation. It is especially helpful for reducing the damaging effects of stress.
Swedish massage (also called Western massage) has served as a foundation for many of the massage techniques developed in recent years. It is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fiber), percussion (rhythmic tapping), and vibration. It is offered by many of the therapists at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto.