Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of healing known to us. Among the most basic benefits of massage therapy are relaxation and stress relief. Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress, and to promote health and wellness. Therapeutic massage can also be used to enhance medical treatment and relieve pain associated with many chronic conditions.
Research studies show that therapeutic massage has the following impact on health: