In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues and increase blood circulation.
During the massage therapy session, the therapist will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The therapist will generally perform some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage.
Oil or powder help reduce friction on the skin and the therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or other equipment.
Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.