Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing.
These effects provide a number of benefits:
-reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
-relief of muscle spasms
-greater flexibility and range of motion
-increase of the ease and efficiency of movement
-relief of stress and aide of relaxation
-promotion of deeper and easier breathing
-improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
-relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain