Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure moving tension, motion, vibration, and will be done manually. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm,and feet. Depending on the application and technique used, massage is used to promote relaxation and well-being, and is beneficial in treating sports injuries and other problems affecting the musculature of the body such as postural misalignment and many painful conditions.
In professional settings,massage clients are treated while lying on a massage table. Traditional Thai massage or yoga massage includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the client's back, and moving the client's body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the therapist would adjust the pressure and apply the technique to fit each client.