What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is the manipulating of superficial and deeper layers of muscle
and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function,
aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit
motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being,and as a
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure –
structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or
vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may
include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other
connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the
gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands,
fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet.
In professional settings massage involves the client being treated
while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying
on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partially
clothed or unclothed.
– Star F. (Lead LMT)