Hippocrates said that ‘massage is the mother of all therapies.’ Most of us have instinctive massage capabilities and automatically rub ourselves if in pain. Massage works by applying pressure or flowing movements to the skin and underlying tissues which in turn increases the blood supply. It is used, by therapists, to help relieve stress, aid relaxation, alleviate pain and muscular tension thus facilitating healing.
It can also help improve circulation, drainage of lymph fluids, increase oxygenation and assist in the removal of waste products. By stimulating the skin receptors and the nervous system, massage triggers the release of ‘feel-good’ chemicals, known as endorphins which help to block pain signals.