Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling in the early 1800′s, pioneered Swedish massage. With the Swedish massage therapy, the massage strokes go toward the heart with light to moderate pressure. Muscles are warmed and worked to increase the flow of blood and lymph through the soft tissues of the body to relieve tension and pain, and to break up knots. This, also, helps remove lactic acid which reduces stiffness. This massage is recommended for people who have never had a massage before, or have them infrequently. In some cases deep pressure can also be applied during the Swedish massage. However, if the client has specific problem areas such as shoulder, or back, etc. he/she may want to schedule a Deep Tissue massage therapy session.