While there are a wide range of massage techniques, there are certain basic principles they all tend to hold in common.
Release of Tension. Chronic muscular tension as a result of high stress lifestyles, trauma, or injury can accumulate and impair the body’s structure and function. Psychological well-being is also affected. Release of tension allows greater relaxation, which has important physiological and psychological benefits.
Circulation of Blood. Perhaps the most basic principle in this field is that improved blood circulation is beneficial for virtually all health conditions.
Release of Toxins. Chronic tension or trauma to the soft tissues of the body can result in the buildup of toxic by-products of normal metabolism. Hands-on techniques help move the toxins through the body’s elimination pathways.
Structure and Function. Massage therapy can help restore healthy structure and function, thereby facilitating greater ease and range of movement, increased flexibility, and the release of chronic patterns of tension.
Enhancement of health. All bodily systems are assisted by better circulation and more harmonious functioning of the soft tissue and musculature. Internal organ systems as well as the nervous system, the immune system, and other systems can benefit. There can be an overall improvement in the quality of life and physical wellbeing.