Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue.

As a tool for healing, massage probably dates back to prehistoric times. The earliest reference recorded was before 2500BC, in the Nei Ching which is a Chinese medical text. The term massagecan be traced from the Greek word masso, which means to knead.

Massage is well known for how it can positively affect the wellbeing of an individual through relaxation of both the mind and the muscles. In addition it can have a beneficial effect on the circulation, respiratory functioning, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, digestive organs, joint mobility and the skin. Various techniques are used including: effleurage, petrissage, frictions, vibrations and tapotement.

Holistic Massage aims to treat the individual as a whole, so that the massage is chosen and applied specifically for the individual in view of their physical, emotional and spiritual state.