This is a very common massage modality that involves long sweeping relaxing stokes with the intention and direction of returning blood to the heart. In addition, Swedish massage increases the level of oxygen in the blood, reduces the stress hormone cortisol, reduces muscle toxins, improves circulation and flexibility by easing muscle tension in restricted areas.
In a study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which was published in The New York Times, it was found that volunteers who were given a 45 minute Swedish massage experienced noteworthy decreases in the stress hormone cortisol. In addition, it was noted that lymphocytes, which are more commonly known as white blood cells in our immune system, increased. Our white blood cells help fight invaders in our blood supply that do not belong, such as viruses.