Massage therapy involves manipulating the soft tissues of your body — muscles, skin, tendons and joints — to ease discomfort and promote relaxation. And while you may think of a massage as something that helps relieve tired and sore muscles, a good massage can cause your body to produce endorphins — chemicals produced in your brain that are believed to reduce stress, relieve pain, enhance your immune system, improve sleep, decrease anxiety, boost self-esteem and even help fight the aging process.
As you may already know, there are so many different types of massage — Swedish, Shiatsu and Thai, for example — that it may be difficult to decide which one best suits your needs. Watch this slideshow and discover which massage is for you.
Search “massage” in the find support section of this website to get more information about massage and massage therapists in your area. And for information on touch therapy (including Reiki and therapeutic touch), read How touch can help heal, inspire and bring relief.