The purpose of massage therapy is to undo the stress and damage that the muscles endure for whichever reasons. When muscles become stressed, they tend to block oxygen and nutrients, which leads to inflammation and toxins in the muscle tissue. Massage techniques increases blood circulation and bring more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle. Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which promotes positive body awareness and relaxation. I like to integrate massage as an additional tool to reduce pain and muscular tightness, stiffness and spasms. By improving the muscle tone and balance with specific massage I have an other tool to reduce the physical stress placed on bones and joints. Myofascial and Deep Tissue Massage can be an important part of a treatment plan in order to help increase joint mobility and to release restrictions in the fascia of the muscular system. I like to use the basic principles of Lomilomi Massage which I learned from Jeana Naluai on Maui. She teaches in the tradition of Aunty Margaret Machado (Big Island).