Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, consisting primarily of manual (hands-on) techniques such as applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and moving muscles and body tissues.

Generally, massage is delivered to improve the flow of blood and lymph (fluid in lymph glands, part of immune system), to reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, to affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and to enhance tissue healing. Therapeutic massage may be recommended for children and adults to deliver benefits such as the following:

  • It reduces muscle tension and stiffness;relieves muscle spasms;
  • increases joint and limb flexibility and range of motion;
  • increases ease and efficiency of movement;
  • relieves points of tension and overall stress;
  • induces relaxation promoting deeper and easier breathing;
  • improves blood circulation and movement of lymph;
  • relieves tension-related headaches and eyestrain;
  • promotes faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments;
  • reduces pain and swelling related to injuries;
  • reduces the formation of scar tissue following soft tissue injuries;
  • enhances health and nourishment of skin;
  • improves posture by changing tension patterns that affect posture;
  • reduces emotional or physical stress and reducing anxiety;
  • promotes feelings of well-being;
  • increases awareness of the mind-body connection and improves mental awareness and alertness generally

Massage therapy may also be recommended for its documented clinical benefits such as improving pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reducing psycho-emotional distress in individuals who suffer from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, helping with weight gain, improving motor development in premature infants, and enhancing immune system functioning.

Therapeutic massage techniques may alleviate some chronic diseases and disorders that prescription medications have failed to do. Those who choose massage therapy as part of their holistic service may find that receiving massage on an ongoing basis has a calming effect on them and elevates their sense of well-being, ability to concentrate and focus on the present. It defeats addiction.

Massage has a lot to do with our health. Stress takes a toll on the body and mind of a person. With regular massage, one can enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Long-term effects can include increased circulation, improved flexibility and a stronger immune system.

Most Massage centers offer a wide range of relaxation services at affordable rates. They provide a full suite of Massage Envy services including: Hot Stone Envy Massage, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Murad® Healthy Skin Facials, Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy, Aroma Therapy, Deep Muscle Therapy, Reflexology Massage, Prenatal Massage, Cranial Sacral Massage, Trigger Point Massage and Deep Tissue Massage.

Regular access to massages and facials encourages relaxation of the mind and body, creating a healthier lifestyle for anyone.