Swedish massage is a system of therapeutic, manual manipulations of soft tissues (muscles, tendon, ligaments and fascia) for the purpose of enhancing circulation to restore or maintain health and overall wellbeing. Increased circulation aids in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all cells, and cleanses the tissues of cellular metabolic waste, such as lactic acid. Lactic acid is one of the ‘waste byproducts’ resulting from the chemical reactions that result in muscle contraction. Massage relaxes tense muscles and flushes out waste, increases joint range of motion, soothes the nervous system, increases respiration, and reduces swelling from the accumulation of fluid in the extremities. The many benefits of Swedish massage include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation of blood and lymph, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.