Massage therapy is a way of helping your body recover and heal itself. I've been a massage therapist since 2001 and through a deep tissue and healing classical Swedish massage I get through to your muscles and energy centre. The classical Swedish massage therapy works by focusing on rehabilitating the areas in need of treatment, so it's generally not a "relaxing" full body massage.
Through massage therapy the body will release endorphines that helps with recovery and rebuilding of your muscle tissue, it relaxes tensions which will help the body get rid of toxins and also helps you feel more energetic and flexible.
It's a great way of giving yourself some time just for you!