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Massage is a treatment and practice of manipulation of the soft body tissues with physical, functional, i.e. mechanical, medical/therapeutical, and in some cases emotional purposes and goals.
There are many beneficial effects of massage, including pain relief, stress reduction but also relief of many diseases.
Theories behind what massage might do include blocking pain signals to the brain (gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system, stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep.
There are about 90,000 massage therapists in the U.S.. Training programs in the U.S. are... more
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