The basis of massage is touch – the most fundamental of human needs. Massage relaxes, stimulates, comforts, soothes, shows caring and empathy, relieves stress, anxiety and depression, alleviates pain, reduces symptoms of minor illnesses and improves emotional and physical wellbeing. The most important thing about massage is that anybody can do it, anybody can have it done, and there are no side effects, and the most important, it makes both the receiver and the giver feel good.
It is a “hands-on” treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well-being. Varieties of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.