I have been a Massage Therapist since 2003, utilizing a variety of techniques that are well established in massage. Massage therapy is the treating of the soft tissues of the body in order to normalize those tissues, and consists of different manual techniques that involve applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of, or to, the body.
Massage has a time-honored history in medicine that stretches back to ancient times: Hippocrates was an early advocate of massage, and recommended them on a daily basis to help ease pain and prevent stiffness. Massages are intended to relax the body (and mind), mobilize stiff joints, reduce muscular tension, alleviate pain, improve the flow of blood and lymph, help reduce swelling and inflammation, and to lower tension and stress.
Massage may also help to integrate the mind and body, improve skin tone, increase the flow of energy through the nervous system, and enhance all the body systems.