Massage works to boost immune system function by reducing anxiety and stress, increasing white blood cell counts, decreasing levels of cortisol (a stress hormone), and activating disease-fighting cells. Massage can also decrease pain by relieving muscle spasms, cramps, general body tension, edema (swelling) and inflammation. It works by increasing the blood flow, which assists in the removal of toxins and increases oxygen and nutrients to affected areas.  Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, consisting primarily of manual (hands-on) techniques such as applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and moving muscles and body tissues.  Massage is given to improve the flow of blood and the fluid in lymph glands.  This assists in the reduction of muscular tension, also to affect the nervous system through stimulation or tranquility, and to enhance tissue healing.  Therapeutic massage may be recommended to deliver health benefits to those that suffer from muscle tension and stiffness, muscle spasms, tension and overall stress, tension-related headaches, and eyestrain, physical stress and anxiety, and an over all feeling of well-being, and increasing awareness of the mind-body connection and improving mental awareness and alertness in general.

"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
 you touch everything."

- Lao Tzu