Swedish massage uses broad, flowing effleurage strokes to relax large muscle groups. It is often used to warm the tissues before applying deeper pressure. This modality is perfect for clients who may be experiencing stress in their lives and need help to relax. Physiologically the body can’t tell the difference between an imagined threat and a physical threat. Emotional stress can manifest itself physically by triggering the body to undergo temporary changes in response to this perceived threat. This state is commonly referred to as “fight or flight”. When someone is constantly stressed out, the body can become stuck in this state. Over time this can lead to detrimental health issues. Massage can help to bring the body back into balance by calming the nervous system and allowing it to return to a relaxed, healthy state.