Massage is an age-old therapy of physical manipulation of soft tissue, which improves the general circulation and nutrition of bodily tissues. It is profoundly relaxing, yet also energizing. Studies show that adults, as well as children, benefit from regular touch, which is important for immune system function, pain control, mental health and stress reduction. Massage also helps to improve sleep patterns and pain tolerance, and to increase one s ability to pay attention and function efficiently. It can increase serotonin production, thus enhancing mood, and can help to break the cycle of chronic pain. Receiving massage on a regular basis has cumulative benefits and helps us to be more attuned to our bodies and emotions.