on Saturday, 25 January 2014.
The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system.
The psychological benefits of massage shouldn't be ignored, either. Stress-related illnesses are bad for people and bad for the economy. Our emotional state impacts on our physical health, so an improvement in the former, through massage, can impact the latter.
For novices to massage therapy there is little to fear. The overwhelming majority of massage techniques, in addition to aspiring to have a therapeutic effect, feel good.