Massage therapy encompasses a variety of bodywork techniques in which muscles and soft tissues are manipulated by a therapist who holds, rubs, presses, and provides movement with varying degrees of pressure. It is a "laying on of hands" for healing purposes with the intention of relaxing the muscles, supporting movement of blood and lymph and relieving pain. In addition to improving overall circulation, massage brings physical changes to the body that can positively affect other areas of life.
Receiving regular massage can increase relaxation and decrease anxiety, help lower blood pressure, support recovery from injury, help with sleep disturbance, and increase mental concentration. It can also reduce fatigue and provide more energy to help handle stressful situations.
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