Swedish massage is the most common modality of bodywork when most consider massage and it’s one of Kie's favorites, as a licensed massage therapist, to implement. One of the primary goals of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body and induce the parasympathetic nervous system, often called the rest and digest system. The flipside of that coin is called the sympathetic nervous system, considered the fight or flight system, and that’s the one most of us are all too familiar with. Sadly we tend to get stuck there, to the point of mental and physical exhaustion. This stressed out state impedes our body's healthy balance of internal regulation, called homeostasis. Swedish Massage counters the sympathetic nervous system by performing long, gliding strokes on more superficial muscles in the direction of blood returning to the heart. And it only takes about 15 minutes of Swedish massage to activate your body's natural healing response! But this therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage, in combination with deep tissue techniques for those more troublesome areas, are beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving overall circulation and flexibility, and easing tension.