Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be improved by reducing the tone of injured, sore or compensating muscles, increasing circulation and reducing stress. Physical dysfunction and pain and the numerous effects of stress can be relieved or even prevented through the use of massage therapy. Massage therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish massage and other therapies like cupping and stretching to treat their clients.