Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, if you need or want a massage, you can choose from among 80 massage therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures, movements, and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes, even forearms, elbows, or feet are used.

Used to treat: Migraines, improve sleep quality, enhance immune function, and reduce low back pain.

What it is: Using the principle that touch is healing, massage involves rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles and connective tissues, to release tension or treat injury. There are over 80 different types of massage; some gentle (like Swedish massage) and others very active (like Thai massage) or intense (like deep tissue massage).

How it works: Aside from being the ultimate in relaxation, massage works on the cellular level to reduce inflammation and promote the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle, stimulating the healing of connective tissues or damaged muscles.

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