Benefits of Massage...
    Therapeutic massage is an age-old remedy and health practice.  It is found in all major civilizations past and present.  From the ancient Greek gymnasia and Roman baths to modern day spas and health clubs, massage has been recognized for its health enhancing effects.  The healing systems of many cultures, including your own, use hands-on therapy to soothe aches and pains and facilitate the body's own healing powers.
    From infancy to old age, massage has been found to enhance general health and well-being.  Therapeutic massage has many applications and variations.  Because it is used for health promotion as well as for its curative aspect, it can truthfully be said "if you have a body, you can benefit from therapeutic massage."
Proven Effective
    Many of the therapeutic effects of massage recognized by personal and clinical experience over the years have been supported by scientific research.  In addition to the commonly known benefits of relaxation, improved circulation, and relief for muscle tension, new applications for therapeutic massage are surfacing in areas related to mental and emotional well-being, infant care, aging, and other special situations.  Exciting new discoveries link touch in general, the therapeutic massage in particular, to improved immune system functioning.
Many Benefits and Uses
Enhanced General Health.  Therapeutic massage can be an important component of your health maintenance or wellness plan.  It helps keep the body and mind functioning optimally.
Alleviates Problem Conditions:  Therapeutic massage can help relieve certain common physical problems, and help bring the body back to optimal functioning.
Support your Fitness or Sports Program:
Therapeutic massage can be an important adjunct to a fitness or sports program, helping you achieve your performance goals with minimum injury and pain.
Combats the Negative Effects of Aging:  Therapeutic massage is effective in combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late years of life.  It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a more youthful state.
Relives the Effects of Stress:  Therapeutic massage helps balance the effects of stress in our lives, and avoid stress related disease and dysfunction.
Special Cases:  Therapeutic massage can help in certain temporary or long-term situations which cause unique physical and mental challenges.
Compliments Other Health Care:  Therapeutic massage is frequently used to enhance the beneficial effects of other types of health care.
Especially Beneficial For...
Care-givers - for those who care for others, for example: mothers and fathers, teachers, recreation leaders, daycare workers, nurses, and health care workers of all kinds.
Physical workers - for those who stress their bodies in their work or trade, for example: construction workers, domestic and custodial personnel, truck drivers, postal workers, plumbers, electricians, painters, professional athletes, dancers, and musicians.
Desk workers - for those whose work involves long hours sitting at a desk using a computer, or talking on the telephone; or at a bench assembling part, fixing things, or creating works of art.
Travelers - for those spending long hours sitting in an automobile, train or airplane, for example: commuters, sales people, business travelers, and vacationers.
What Approach is Best for You?
There are several popular approaches or styles of therapeutic massage.  Each one has its own unique character, focus, techniques, and theoretical base.  Some are more effectives for certain goals than others.  How do you know which one is best for you?
    Classic European massage is very versatile and forms the basis of many other approaches.  Swedish and Russian styles are most common and contain the familiar long strokes, kneading, vibration, friction, and percussion techniques.  It can be applied effectively for general relaxation, general health enhancement, sports massage, injury recovery and rehabilitation, and many other purposes.
    Massage and bodywork forms of Asian origin include amma, acupressure, and shiatsu.  These Asian styles are generally focused on energy flow according to the Chinese medical model.  In acupressure and shiatsu the characteristic technique is finger pressure on individual points.  The Ayurvedic medical model from India gives rise to other forms of body therapy, which incorporate theories of yoga and chakra energy flow.  These are also used effectively for relaxation, general health enhancement, and remedial work.
    In addition to the basic approaches described above, other forms of therapeutic massage and body therapies are available.  Most experienced massage therapists use an eclectic approach and combine different forms of therapeutic massage in their sessions.  Ask your massage therapist if the approach used is appropriate for your health goals.