Massage is one of the oldest and simplest forms of therapy. It is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax muscles, stimulate blood flow, and tone the body. Tension Relief Massage Therapy, also known as Swedish Massage, is the most common form of massage.
Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin. It also works on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. While massage directly affects the muscles right under the skin, its benefits may also reach deeper muscle layers and even the organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
Massage therapy is conducted by registered massage therapists. Therapeutic massage can be an important part of your health maintenance plan.
Benefits of massage therapy may include:
- Reducing or eliminating pain and stiffness
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving the functionality of the immune system
- Increasing lymphatic drainage
- Lowers hormone levels such as cortisol
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Reducing tension within muscles
- Relieving stress