Swedish massage is used for its gentle, but effective benefits. This massage type provides you with a balance of relaxation and therapy. If you are new to massage Swedish massage is great for beginners due to the gentle pressure and friction that’s provided by the massage therapist. Swedish massage consists of hand strokes such as smooth gliding, kneading, stretching and tapping. The use of light pressure and friction is performed to reduce muscle soreness, loosen tight joints, ease tension and promote deep relaxation. When it comes to uncomfortable and painful stiff spots the massage therapist can provide a slightly more concentrated massage. However, for chronic pain it may be better to request a deep tissue massage. Talk with your chiropractor and massage therapist to see if your condition would benefit from it.