Massage is therapeutic stroking and pressing of the body tissues. Massage oils and massage products are used during massage therapy to enhance relaxation and recovery. Massage oil is essential for massage techniques such as effleurage, petrissage and kneading, that are commonly used in sports massage, deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage massage and soft tissue mobilisation.
Massage therapists can employ a range of techniques for different physiological effects. Before sport they can use massage techniques that are more vigorous for a stimulating effect prior to sports performance. The result is increased blood flow to the area and an increase in tissue temperature. After sport, more gentle massage therapy can help with recovery by improving lymph drainage of waste products.