is a therapy which can bring pain relief, rehabilitation,
relaxation, or physical or mental rejuvenation. Massage
provides many physiological and psychological benefits.
On a physiological level, massage increases
circulation to all areas of the body, primarily to the muscles that
are directly manipulated. Better circulation translates
to more oxygen and nutrients for body tissues. Therapeutic
massage and relieves muscle spasms; prevents muscle tears;
sprains and strains; increases flexibility and enhances
athletic performance. In addition, massage directly or
indirectly affects every system of the body and promotes
health, prevents illness and injury, and speeds recovery.
Massage therapy eases tension and helps people
cope with stress more effectively. It slows racing thoughts and worries,
helps people to reconnect with their body, and brings attention
to the mental and physical needs of their bodies so that
they may better take care of themselves. It promotes a
sense of wholeness and helps enhance one’s self-image,
while keeping energy levels high. Massage therapy can be
effective in preventing illness and other physical ailments
if received on a regular basis.
Other benefits of massage therapy and bodywork