One of the reasons I'm a massage therapist has to do with the science behind this work. I am an anatomy/physiology geek, definitely. Warming muscle attachments, stretching facia and increasing blood flow, thereby helping the nervous system drop down one notch, supports every defininition of physical health.
But therapeutic massage is also an art. I think of my work as a very technical kind of sculpture combined with dance and prayer. It is wonderful, precise, compassionate, interpretive, focused, creative work.
I came into this profession rather late in life, in my early 40s. Looking back on it I'm glad I had some life experience before undertaking this simple, profound healing modality.
Therapeutic massage is both gentle and powerful. It is an ancient healing technique. That's why I do it.