A body rub refers to massage or the lotions that are used in massage. Many people enjoy the physically and emotionally therapeutic effects of a body rub by a trained and licensed professional masseuse.


Massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapy. A body rub is a combination of pressures, tensions, motions and vibrations, performed manually or with mechanical devices.

The various oils, lotions and liniments used during a massage are also referred to as body rub. These include grape seed or coconut oil, nut oils and mustard oil. Cosmetics sold as body rubs may also include aromatherapy oils. Some body rubs contain Epsom salts and other treatments for dry skin and aching joints.


Body rubs have been part of physical therapy and rehabilitation for thousands of years. Modern practitioners of massage include athletic trainers, physical therapists, massage therapists, and sometimes chiropractors. Today a variety of medical, spa and salon settings offer massage services. Massage professionals may travel to a client’s home.


The benefits of a body rub, or massage, include anxiety reduction, relief of depression, pain control and temporarily reduced heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety. Massage may work by stimulating the body to release endorphins and seratonin and by aiding sleep and relaxation.


Most of the 90,000 massage therapists in the United States have completed a training program that involves 500 to 1,000 hours of study. Training includes classes in physiology, anatomy, CPR, first aid, business management, ethics and legal issues. Massage therapists can be certified or hold a diploma or other degree. Massage schools in the United States work in conjunction with the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

Expert Insight

Scientists have not decisively determined how massage benefits the human body and influences health. Massage performed by a licensed professional has little possibility of hurting the body and is generally accepted as a therapeutic procedure.