What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and incorporates manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or movement of the body.
What is the purpose?
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.
Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits. For example, massage can reduce anxiety, improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reduce psycho-emotional distress in a person suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants, and may enhance immune system functioning.