Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of the body. While massage therapy is applied primarily with the hands, sometimes the forearms or elbows are used. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body.
Massage therapy can be therapeutic or relaxing.
Benefits of massage therapy:
- Muscle relaxation
- Lower blood pressure
- Stimulates circulation
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage
- Reduces edema or pulmonary edema – fluid accumulation in lungs
- Pain relief
- Mental relaxation
- Release of emotions
- Aids sleep