Anyone, who has had the pleasure of experiencing a good massage before, will be able to confirm at least some of the benefits listed below. Unfortunately, at this point in time evidence-based research on the subject is overall rather slim. Although there are number of very promising studies being undertaken at the moment it is fair to assume that it is going to be a while until most benefits below can be substantiated. To make matters even more complicated some of the items below will be very difficult to prove in a research environment.
Nevertheless, and until such time when we have more evidence on the matter, we will go with what most people seem to agree on with regards to massage. The below list is by no means exhaustive.