For most people, it is unfortunately quite common to experience various amounts of stress, tension, and physical discomfort - even pain. If you can take some time every day to relax and unwind, maybe meditate, more power to you! However, many people deal with a lot on their plates every day and find it almost impossible to do this. Massage refers to the practice of kneading and rubbing various muscles in the body, using the hands. When different muscles, especially muscles that hold a lot of tension, are rubbed and gently manipulated, they release this tension and allow blood to flow through them. You've no doubt seen those wonderful little Shiatsu massage pillows around.