This is the foundation of most modalities. Usually associated with lighter pressure, longer gliding effleurage strokes and intention is relaxation as well as helping circulation. This modality was developed in the 18th century by Per Henrik Ling and introduced in the U.S in 1858. He created his system by combining his knowledge of gymnastics, and physiology and from Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman techniques. It is a full body massage that uses a combination of long strokes, kneading motions, friction, stretching, and sometimes tapping on the layers of tissue against one another. It is used to increase blood flow to the area. A good candidate is someone who does not want much pressure and only goal is relaxation or is sensitive to pressure.