Guy treating Olympic and world long-
jump champion Dwight Phillips

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the basic, classic form of western massage, which uses pressure to help you feel relaxed and calm. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. It has also been shown to be helpful in patients with poor circulation.

Actually, the five main techniques used in Swedish massage - stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or "pounding"; vibration - are probably what spring to mind when you think about a "typical" massage. They're designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you more relaxed.