Massage is a term used to describe a range of techniques such as touching, stroking, pressing and kneading the surface of the body to promote physical and mental relaxation. There are many different types of massage, some are gentle; others are more vigorous, some are based on traditional techniques and theories - others are modern in their approach. Massage may be applied to the whole body, or to just a part of it.

Massage may relieve tension and pain, and help you to relax. It may help to relieve stress-related problems such as sleeplessness and tension headaches. It may reduce anxiety and help to promote a feeling of wellbeing.

You should check with your doctor before having massage therapy. Massage is not suitable for people with certain medical conditions, and may not be suitable for all cancer patients.