Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, as the practice of therapeutic massage can be tracedback nearly 4,000 years. Statistics from both Health Canada 1
andthe American Massage Therapy Association 2
show that millions of North Americans use it today. Massage therapy refers to a comprehensive health management strategy focusing on the application of various techniques to positively affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and
compression, kneading, frictioning, and mobilizing to improve the health
and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective
tissue of the body.
Today massage is thought of as a holistic therapy that complements
medical treatment. The "Physician's Guide to Therapeutic Massage" shows
that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood,
aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint
soreness, and improve sleep.