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often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression.
Massage therapy is designed to stretch and loosen muscles, improve blood flow and the movement of lymph throughout the body, facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from exercise or inactivity, and increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissue. In addition, massage stimulates the release of endorphins “the body’s natural painkiller” into the brain and nervous system. Massage therapy provides a relaxed state of alertness, reduces mental stress and enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity. It also satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch, creates a feeling of well-being and reduces anxiety levels.