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Hi I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax to the Max Massage Therapy and today we are going to be talking about how to give a Swedish Massage. A Swedish Massage is characterized by long flowing strokes over the entire body. Of course it is not all at one time but you work in areas and you do effleurage and petrisage and kneading and stroking that feels good to the client. Deep tissue work is not usually part of Swedish Massage unless somebody is coming in and asking for that so usually when I am giving a Swedish Massage I make sure that the strokes are long and flowing and connecting for the client and that it is something that would feel really good so when you are looking for a Swedish Massage from somebody you do want something that is not real choppy, not real uncomfortable in any way but the Swedish Massage should be comfortable and relaxing. It sooths and de-stresses, gets tension out and helps the body feel good in a number of different ways so when you are giving a Swedish Massage you want to do those long flowing strokes, do a little bit of kneading maybe a little bit of cross fiber friction which is going against the muscle fibers and helps open the body up and makes the muscles relax and give in a little bit more and that's how you give a Swedish Massage.