Massage is the oldest form of physical therapy. The first written references to it are found in Chinese and Egyptian texts dating back nearly 3000 years BC. In our stressful modern lives it can play a vital role in reducing physical and emotional tension and their symptoms.
The aim of a massage therapist is to relax the soft tissues, increase the delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.
In a typical massage therapy session the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired result. Oil or powder may be used to reduce friction on the skin.
Massage may bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.