Therapeutic massage is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance and/or restore a person’s health and well-being. Furthermore, therapeutic massage is used to offer proven responses within the body in ways like:
- the nervous system
- the muscular system
- the circulatory system
Through palpation skills, the therapist can feel the condition of the underlying tissue and adapt the treatment accordingly. Different manipulation techniques are chosen for the effects they produce, which may be superficial, deep, stimulating or soothing.