Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapists typically use their hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows as tools to provide clients massage therapy, ranging from light nerve stroking to deep pressure. Massage therapy has firmly established its role as a clinically-oriented health option used to relieve a variety of discomforts.
Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other essential nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, and increases mobility and flexibility. It helps to release myofascial adhesions, and decrease inflammation, lymphatic congestion and scar tissue. Massage therapy helps to clear lactic acid and other metabolic waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. It also has a beneficial effect on stress relief. By reducing soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse, and various chronic pain syndromes, massage therapy is effective to enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well being as well as your quality of life.