The general function of the body is enhanced when it is in a relaxed state. Massage, therefore, influences the whole body in many different ways.
Some of its beneficial uses are to increase the circulation to an area like a muscle or a joint; to reduce pain; to relax muscles; to relax the recipient; to increase the circulation away from an area & assist drainage of excess fluid; and to introduce essential oils into the skin.
A good massage affects you on all levels of your being. Physically its benefits include the relaxing and toning of your muscles; assisting the venous flow of blood; soothing the nervous system; encouraging the lymphatic flow; and stretching the connective tissue of joints.
Therefore, massage provides relief to tense muscles, improves blood circulation, helps eliminates toxins (purifies the body) and fights stress.