The methodical cadence of this stroke sends signals to your brain allowing muscular tension to release. Often we use this technique alone for the entire session, or as a precursor/warm-up before receiving Deep Tissue or Sports massage techniques. Pressure can vary from light to firm depending on your comfort level. Some have experienced a meditative state when this technique is applied.
Sometimes you just want to escape the pressures of the day. Swedish massage is commonly referred to as a relaxation massage. The long, fluid massage strokes promote increased blood flow allowing oxygenated blood to reach and nourish surrounding cells and tissues.