Massage is an instinctive and human response to pain or discomfort. When we hurt ourselves we instinctively touch the area where we feel the pain.
"Massage Therapy" is the holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the body; ie. the muscular, skeletal, digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, emotional, mental and nervous systems.
It is the manipulation the soft tissues of the body with the hands for therapeutic, healing, relaxing and pleasurable effects.
It is the loving touch of the heart expressed through the hands.
Massage Therapy helps relaxation, releasing stress and tension in our bodies.
Too much unresolved stress in our lives can cause constant muscular tension. This tension or tightness reduces the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles and organs and also restricts nerve & lymph supply.
Tension creates a tendency for a build up of toxins in the body, and reduces the flow of the more subtle energy or life force (Prana or Chi). Tension can lead to symptomatic feelings of fatigue, heaviness, aches and pains, tightness of muscles and stiffness.
Muscular stress can increase the likelihood of strains and injuries. Muscular stress also distorts the skeletal structure which further compounds existing problems and creates new ones.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. It can be applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms and feet.
In professional settings massage clients are treated while lying on a massage table, sitting on a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partially clothed or unclothed (to protect modesty parts of the body will be covered with towels or sheets.