Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage. Swedish massage manipulates the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The main goal of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage is beneficial for increasing oxygen levels in the blood, lowering muscle toxins, improving circulation, flexibility, and easing tension.