Massage encourages movement in muscles, increases blood flow and renews nervous pathways. The increased blood flow improves oxygen transport to the site and waste product removal: both accelerate healing.
Therapeutic massage is a systematic stroking or kneading of the soft tissues of the body. It reduces inflammation and swelling in joints, alleviates pain and promotes natural healing processes by increasing the flow of nutrients to muscles.
With fingers or palm, pressures can be put onto muscle groups to help relax them. This can be done fairly quickly, and some animals will only permit short periods of such intense contact.
On the other hand, most horses delight in massage and will lean into it, sometimes
pushing their masseur into the wall. Or they can pull against tail-