Swedish massage as it is popularly called in the US – is actually a composite of different ways to manipulate soft tissue (muscle, fascia, dermis, etc.).
The Traditional Swedish massage as initially instructed by “Per Henrik Ling “in the 1800 century is not necessarily as comfortable as the American version of Swedish Massage ..The American version usually omits the deeper types of strokes and uses primarily the long flowing /warming strokes called “effleurage”. We swedes dont mind pain to much so we often “go to town”so to speak as in trying to reach the optimal outcome of our massages regardless of potential discomfort. No pain no gain is the thought I guess.
I dont really necessarily believe that pain is necessary to gain results but occasionally enduring a little temporary discomfort may produce longer lasting results of a massage. I do both the Traditional Swedish Massage and the American Swedish massage.
Effleurage ( light to medium muscle warming strokes) followed by what is called petrissage ( deeper and more specific touch ) and finally tapotment ( shaking , vibrating , and tapping – pounding ) and stretching in the beginning or during or at the end , is what is used during a Traditional Swedish Massage