Massage therapy embraces the concept that the body has the ability to heal itself and aims to increase health and well-being. Touch is the fundamental medium of massage therapy and has been shown to affect the nervous system through manipulation of the various soft tissues within the body. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous and other systems of the body to promote healing. Massage therapy is one of the oldest health care practices. Its extensive history dates back a Swedish native, Pehr Henrick Ling. Ling developed an integrated system consisting of massage, active, and passive exercises. Massage therapists often combine several therapeutic techniques such as: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Neuromuscular. Massage techniques are selected by the therapist to best suit the individual’s specific needs.