Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissue by a massage therapist. Techniques employed can be passive movement and articulation of joints, application of pressure in smooth gliding strokes and or direct finger pressure, with the intent of releasing muscle tension, soreness or tightness. Massage therapy is also helpful in reducing stress and calming nerves. There are a wide variety of massage types and techniques, ranging from therapeutic to spiritual. The general goal for massage therapy is to help you feel more relaxed in your body.