By far, the most popular benefit of Swedish Massage is that it is both relaxing and invigorating. It is an excellent way to help rid the body of tension and to achieve a sense of overall well-being. Swedish Massage uses five basic movements to increase circulation and remove toxins from muscles. The therapist uses firm but gentle pressure, aided by oil to relax muscle tension, improve lymphatic and blood circulation. Bending and stretching movements may also be used to relax joints.