What Is Massage Therapy? A Simple Introduction

Massage therapy is considered to be one of the oldest methods of healing, with the practice dating back to around 2000 B.C. Although there weren’t so many different massage techniques back then as there are now, the idea behind it was essentially the same.

The practice of massage therapy refers to the application of pressure to the soft tissues of your body using different techniques, such as friction, kneading, vibration. This pressure is applied in order to manipulate your soft body tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue), and by ding this improving your health and well-being.

There are many reasons why you will benefit from a massage. Some of the most notable health benefits of massages include:

  • Reduced anxiety and stress*
  • Pain relief*
  • Improved strength of the immune system*
  • Relaxation of muscles
  • Enhanced mood
  • Improved heart health*
  • Enhanced blood flow*
  • Lower blood pressure*
  • Reduced risk of depression*
  • Many professional and amateur athletes get regular massages to improve athletic performance and help with injury recovery.

Massage is a therapy that promotes complete and total wellness and health of both your mind and body. According to an AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) survey conducted in 2015, 88% of participants viewed massage as beneficial to overall health and wellness.

These days, massage is no longer a mere luxury, but the most widely used type of alternative medicine therapy in hospitals for mental health, pain management, stress reduction, and general wellness.

I encourage you to read my other articles and Blog Posts on my website to learn more about the different Massage Techniques, my field of Speciality (Relaxation Massage and Pregnancy Massage) , and so much more.

I would love for you to be fully informed about the benefits of massage.

However, I also would like you to read up on the very rare situations when a massage may not be the best approach for you under certain health conditions.

Please check out the page When Should You NOT Have A Massage so you are fully informed.

I always want you to be as safe as possible and that includes you knowing about when it may be best to give a massage a miss.


*Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Medical advice should always be obtained from a qualified medical professional for any health conditions or symptoms associated with them. Every possible effort has been made in preparing and researching this material. I make no warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability of this contents or any omissions.