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Massage therapy is the physical manipulation of the soft tissue of the body. Massage techniques are most commonly applied by using fingers, hands, elbows, forearms, heels, or some type of device. The main objective of massage is usually for the relief of body pain or stress. Using massage in sports medicine has increased over the years as athletes have been encouraged to relax and stretch after intense exercise. It's not hard to learn how to give a great massage - there are many books and courses available from your massage practitioner. However, if you wish to provide a massage yourself, it can be a difficult task. You do not need to understand how to massage a sophisticated instrument and carry out complicated strokes. There are a number of things you can do to make your massage for more gentle, even when you're just getting started with massage. Here are a few suggestions which may help you with massage techniques.