Massage is not a luxury but an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Bringing the body into better alignment allows you to move, sit and sleep without the stress of nagging pain, increasing efficiency in work and play. Massage can slow the heart rate and reduce muscle tension, freeing connective tissue and creating openness that encourages flexibility and freedom of movement. Massage is a hands on, holistic approach that facilitates healing by creating positive changes in the soft tissue structure of the body. Massage is especially beneficial in muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. Using cross fiber friction, it increases circulation, bringing in fresh nutrition and clearing waste products. It decreases pain and swelling and helps to realign scar tissue into a more functional fiber pattern. The comfort of massage can help alleviate the pain associated with chronic illness and disease. Massage has been proven to reduce anxiety and to improve nutrition in body tissues.