What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes muscles, skin, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, membranes and joints. Therapeutic massage directly affects the muscular, circulatory and nervous systems. Due to injuries, or the stress of daily life, all tissues in the body lose their efficiency in repairing and restoring themselves to a healthy and stress free condition. Massage techniques remove constriction in the tissues, thus increasing the circulation of blood and lymph. This results in the proper flow of metabolic waste out of the tissues and increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients into the cells. This in turn helps to eliminate unwanted pain.