The word "Massage" comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic massameaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough". Greek verb μάσσω (massō) "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough". In distinction the ancientGreek word for massage was anatripsis.

Massage is the manipulation of muscles (superficial and deeper layers) as well as connective tissues. It can be done manually or with mechanical aids and involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure combined with motion, tension, or vibration. Massage can be applied with fingers, hands, forearms, elbows, knees but also feet. The goal of the massage can be related to health (enhancing function, aid in the healing process) and to a well-being (perfect for relaxation). To sum up, there are over eighty different recognized massage modalities which can focuse on muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, lymphatic vessels, and others. If you decide to get yourself a massage, the best idea is to do this in a certified massage center with massage therapists. Massage involves the client being treated while lying or sitting fully or partly unclothed. No need for stress - parts of your body may be covered with sheets or towels.