A soothing massage might help you unwind, but according to leading hospitals like the Mayo Clinic, massage has far more therapeutic benefit than one might imagine.
Massage is the term used for the manipulation and rubbing of the skin, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Light stroking, percussive tapping or deep pressure techniques can be used depending on the needs of the client and the training of the massage therapist.
The two types of massage most commonly used are deep tissue massage and Swedish massage. Deep tissue massage uses slow, forceful strokes to target deep layers of muscle. Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses kneading, circular movements and tapping on the topmost layer of muscle both to energize and relax you.