Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. A massage can cause physiological changes in your body through both the Relaxation Response and through mechanical responses. The Relaxation Response is both an involuntary yet predictable reaction of the nervous system to massage techniques and through touch. Mechanical responses are physical effects that occur in the body when pressure is applies to different soft tissues.
Massage Therapy can be used to reduce pain and anxiety, especially for those with chronic illnesses and to decrease the physiological effects of stress. A massage can help in treating conditions including stress related tension, anxiety, fatigue related to chronic illness, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, back pain, depression, pregnancy discomfort, headaches, migraines, acute injuries, chronic pain, digestive disorders and fibromyalgia, just to name a few.