In massage therapy, a certified and trained medical professional (massage therapist) manipulates the soft tissues of the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and skin of the body. The massage therapist uses different degrees of pressure and movement. Massage is generally considered part of integrative medicine. Massage therapy is used to help manage a health condition or improve well-being.
It involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body. Massage has been practiced in most cultures, both Eastern and Western, throughout human history, and was one of the first tools people used to try to relieve pain. Medical massage therapists use a wider range of techniques than those in a spa because their goal is to improve muscle health. After a clinical massage therapy session, a therapist will give the patient a treatment plan and follow-up program to maintain their progress.