What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients (Source CMTO)
How can Massage Therapy help you?
Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on soft tissues like muscles, tendons, and ligaments to improve muscle tone.
Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, the benefits of massage therapy may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
The benefits of massage therapy include increased range of motion and flexibility, stress reduction and improved circulation all of which can also help achieve an overall feeling of well-being.