Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional, and psychological purposes and goals. The word comes from a long line of derivatives; the French word "massage" which means "friction of kneading", the Arabic word "massa" which means "to touch, feel or handle".
Massage can be defined as a systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of obtaining or maintaining health. It has been shown beneficial to reduce stress, enhance blood circulation, decrease pain, promote sleep, reduce swelling, enhance relaxtion, and increase oxygen capacity of the blood. Massage has also been recognized as a nondrug treatment for cancer and postoperative pain.