Outer Banks Massage enhanced soft tissue healing
Massage is the working of superficial and
deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various
techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process,
and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from
the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic
massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa
meaning "mass, dough". Greek verb μάσσω (massō) "to handle,
touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough". In
distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was
anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.