When we talk about “massage,” we’re not just talking about physical contact between a therapist and their client—we’re talking about a whole system of different techniques that work together to help your body heal itself. This includes everything from stretching muscles in order to increase flexibility, to applying pressure points which release tension throughout your body. The way this works is by stimulating your nervous system—which sends signals back to your brain telling your body what areas need attention and how quickly they should heal. Massage therapy uses touch to improve circulation and flexibility of soft tissues in the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments). It helps release tension in muscles that cause pain and discomfort, relaxes muscle spasms and improves posture and overall alignment of the body. Massage also helps with stress relief by increasing blood flow to the brain which reduces anxiety.