My many years of experience as a Personal Trainer specilaizing in Corrective Exercise and Human Movement Training comes with me to the massage table. I understand where the muscles are and what they are "supposed" to do, however, I also understand what happens when there is dysfunction in a joint due to muscles being over active or not activating at all. My massages are nurturing and therapeutic as well as focused and productive.
Massage is great for relaxing, it is true, and the relaxation response plays a huge role in over all health & wellness. However, massage can also stimulate the lymphatic system helping move toxins and inflammation out of the body, increase circulation, increase "mood lifters" which help with anxiety & depression, and improve digestion.