February 24, 2011
| Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage. It uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage.
The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. During Swedish massage, massage therapists apply massage oil to your skin to facilitate the various massage strokes.