The main purpose of a relaxation massage, also known as Swedish massage, is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Some other benefits include a shortened recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, gentle stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system.
Relaxation massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
This massage technique works on a system of long strokes, gentle kneading, vibration and shaking motions. Massage strokes are mostly applied in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.
Relaxation massage feels calming and should not be at all painful.