Massage is designed to reduce tension and to promote healing through the systematic manipulation of the body's soft tissue. The massage therapist works the muscles, tendon, ligaments and fascia to enhance circulation, restoring or maintaining health and overall well-being. Massage and touch go hand in hand as they help the participant relate to others and tolerate pain and stress. Massage may also help to reduce the participant's sense of isolation and is used as a tool for reassurance and connection to life.

IWD participants may experience 

  • soothing of the nervous system 
  • relaxation of tense and spastic muscles
  • increased joint range of motion
  • reduced swelling from accumulation of fluid in the extremities
  • assistance in the removal of toxins
  • a sense of well-being and overall relaxation