Therapeutic Massage is a general term used to describe any massage modality that aims to relieve pain and reduce stress tension. Massage is most commonly used to reduce stiffness and pain by releasing contracted tendons and muscles, allowing blood and oxygen to flow freely to those areas. Muscles that are consistently overused or underused such as the lower back (sitting or standing for long periods of time) and neck and shoulders (desk or manual labor jobs), will feel bound-up and tighter as time goes on, if left untreated. For stress reduction, massage is often coupled with breathing techniques to regulate the parasympathetic nervous system (our ‘rest and reserve’ mode). This leaves the patient feeling lighter and at peace.