Massage is the application of mechanical stimulation to the body, potentially assisted by a device. The aim of massage is: pain relief, improving blood circulation in the tissues, and reducing muscle tension.
Several methods exist:
Classic massage (also called Swedish massage) entails among other things applying pressure, kneading, shacking, vibrating, plucking, picking, hitting, rubbing, shifting, and smoothing.
Soft tissue massage is applied at the soft tissue layer of the body. Soft tissue massage is a reflex zone massage and assumes that the body exists of different zones, which are connected to all glands, organs, and other body parts. By stimulating these zones, organs are stimulated and blockades will disappear. This stimulation is applied by different massage techniques with the hands. These techniques can vary from light touches (superficial strokes), to rolling the skin.