This style utilizes long, flowing strokes, often but not necessarily in the direction of the heart. Often called "Swedish massage" it is designed to increase circulation and blood flow.
There are six basic strokes: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, compression and vibration. Talcum powder, oil, cream or lotion is applied on the skin to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes. Relaxation massage is typically the primary choice for dealing with stress from daily life.