Swedish massage--often considered the most common massage technique--is a gentle form of massage therapy that uses long, kneading strokes on the outermost layers of the muscles. The technique is a tried and true remedy for sore muscles, stress and tension relief. "It combines the muscular tissue work of other massage modalities with the relaxation benefits of the soothing strokes," says Kristin Coverly, a massage therapist and expert with Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, a trade association. "It treats muscular tension without eliciting pain and clients can drop into a deep state of relaxation," she says. Coverly recommends a Swedish massage for anyone feeling stressed or tight, but not for those in need of injury-related treatment.