Swedish Massage is considered by many to the be the “basic” massage modality. The practitioner usually uses moderate pressure, gently manipulating the soft tissue. With the client’s permission or request the practitioner can include mild stretching and joint manipulations. Hot towels and hot stones could be used on especially tense areas. Swedish Massage increases circulation, relaxes tensed muscles and helps your body to get rid of toxins. Originally pioneered by Piers Henrik Ling after a long period of overseas study integrating Eastern massage techniques with a Western medical model to create a truly universal massage modality.