A Swedish massage is the most common massage modality used by western therapists. The most important thing to know about a Swedish massage is that it’s a full body massage, intended to relax the client and muscles. Using long, fluid strokes, the therapist targets and manipulates superficial muscle to attain better blood flow and relaxation. Other common techniques in a Swedish massage include circular motions, firm kneading, light tapping or cupping, and some bending and stretching of muscles and joints. Remember to communicate with your therapist regarding your comfort, especially when it comes to pressure. Certain areas of your body might be more tender than others, meaning you may be able to take more pressure on your neck and shoulders, but less on your hips. Your therapist should be communicating with you as well, but it is up to you to vocalize your comfort level. A Swedish massage is relaxing, and should NOT be painful.