Swedish massage promotes relaxation and eases muscle tension and is applied to the most superficial layers of muscle in the body. The therapist lubricates the skin with massage lotion and performs a variety of strokes that warm up and work the muscle tissue, thereby breaking up muscle “knots” or adhesions. A Swedish massage generally begins with gliding strokes. As the therapy session continues, the therapist will also incorporate percussion, vibration, friction and kneading to stimulate the soft tissues of the body. Active or passive joint movement can also be used in a Swedish massage. This type of massage stimulates both the circulatory system by returning blood flow to the heart as well as the lymphatic system by flushing out waste and toxins.