Massage therapy has many forms. It can be a special session of pampering at a spa, a fast-paced energizing athletic massage or a specific intensive medical treatment to relieve chronic tension and pain. The power of intentional touch has a profound impact on people’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The benefits that result from massage therapy depend upon the individual’s needs and desires. Patients commonly seek and receive stress-relief, reduced muscle tension, restful deeper sleep, tranquility of mind, improved posture and balance, a sense of peace and connectedness, increased motion of joints, decreased pain, and better circulation of blood, lymph and qi (the body’s subtle energy).
All of these methods are done fully-clothed and do not involve the use of oils or lotions.