We offer the benefits of massage therapy in the care of our patients. Massage is a term that covers a vast array of different manual soft-tissue techniques, from the basic massage strokes of effleurage (a deep or gentle stroking), Petrissage (a kneading movement), and Tapotement (a tapping movement), to the more advanced techniques of trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and Swedish massage. Our massage therapist has been properly trained in all these techniques. Some types of massage provide a general short-term feeling of relaxation, while others are designed to have longer-term therapeutic effects. The health benefits of massage include muscle relaxation, improved flexibility, reduced pain and better circulation.