The most popular kind of massage nowadays is Swedish massage. It involves long, firm, kneading massage strokes, and mild, rhythmic, gliding strokes, at the thickest layers of the muscles. Swedish massage is very well known in Japan, where it's used for stress relief and muscle strain relief. It is also used in other countries as part of a full body massage, or as a special massage to release the strain and knots of the muscles. Many massage therapists in both North America and Europe to teach Swedish massage to their clientele.