Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body. The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments and joint capsules. Massage has many diverse physiological effects. Massage treatments aim to: Develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain, relax tight and tense muscles, improve circulation, recovery time and immune system function and reduce stress. Massage therapy is also effective in the control of chronic or acute pain and in creating a sense of relaxation and well-being.