Otherwise known as “classic massage” outside of the United States, is the foundation for most massage therapy sessions today. Swedish massage was formally developed approximately 150 years ago in Europe as a means of supporting the long-term health and rehabilitative care of individuals and athletes. It includes the use of long fluid movements towards the heart to increase circulation and relieve muscle tension. A client feels a deep sense of relaxation while the practitioner uses firm but gentle pressure to soothe away muscle tension and increasing joint movement. Swedish massage has also been proven to support immune system functioning.