What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine," referenced massage when he wrote "The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing."

Massage therapy is the manipulation of superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques that include applying stretch, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although some use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows and/or feet. Target tissues may also include tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system.

Why Choose Massage Therapy?

People prefer massage therapy for relaxation and to improve a variety of health conditions:

  • Back pain
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
  • Stress relief and stress-related conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Circulatory and respiratory problems
  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation

Physical and Mental Benefits

  • Relaxes the body
  • Lengthens tight muscles
  • Relieves tired and aching muscles
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Diminishes chronic pain
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers heart rate
  • Assists in recovery from injuries and illness
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces tension headaches
  • Reduces mental stress
  • Improves concentration
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Aids in mental relaxation


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Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba