The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.Massage Therapy Act, 1991
Massage therapy has many overall physical and mental benefits such as relaxation, increase range of motion and flexibility, decrease tone in muscles, reduce mental stress and help strengthen the immune system. In the case of injury, either from trauma such as an accident or surgery or repetitive strain such as poor posture, a massage therapist can physically stretch your muscles, inhibit muscle spasm and help break down scar tissue. A massage therapist is trained to assess and treat most soft tissues in the human body. Once a pattern of muscle dysfunction is assessed and treated, a massage therapist will provide advice and tools such as specific exercise and stretches to lessen or eliminate the soft tissue problem. Many people also use regular massage therapy as a form of body maintenance, receiving massage faithfully for the continuance of good health.