What is Massage?
Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them. Practitioners use a variety of physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement to the body. Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being. Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship.
Numerous studies have shown how touch will facilitate a healthier and longer life for humans, actually all living organisms. Simple and intuitive touch is enough to stimulate the nervous system and release endorphins, to release tension and promote relaxation. It does not have to a be full body massage, this can be whatever you are comfortable with, maybe a hand shake or a hug. Just remember, WE NEED TOUCH!