Traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage Swedish Massage is relaxing and invigorating. It is a great way to help the body to get rid of tension and to achieve a sense of overall well-being. It features long flowing strokes to address tension and circulation in muscles and connective tissue. Oils or lotions are used with this type of massage. Deep Tissue Massage is similar to Swedish, but it is done in a slower manner and the pressure is usually more intense and focused.