Massage therapy not only provides relaxation and relief to muscle strain and fatigue; a therapeutic massage may improve your health. There are many benefits to massage therapy, including physical, emotional and physiological improvements in the body. Now a days, in addition to “rubbing,” massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure (holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression); using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client. Depending on your aim, massage can either be gentle and used for relaxation or deeper remedial therapy techniques to ease aches and pains and break down knotted areas.