Massage soothes the body and calms the mind;
the perfect antidote to the stresses of every day life.
A brief history of massage
The word “massage” is believed to come from either the Greek to “knead” or the Arabic for “press softly”. Massage is a form of treatment which has been passed down through the centuries for thousands of years.
Records show that over five thousand years ago a system of massage and exercise was practised in Ancient China. Archeological expeditions have established that almost certainly most ancient civilisations used massage with perfumed oils and exercise in one form or another.
The peoples of Persia, Japan and Egypt practised the art of massage primarily for cosmetic purposes and found that they also gained therapeutic benefits from the oils and unguents that they rubbed into their skin. The ancient Romans ruled by the Etruscans had an advanced system of massage, and slaves always carried oils around in containers in case the master or mistress required a massage.
About 500 BC Herodotus a Greek historian decided to apply massage and exercise in the treatment of diseases. He began to formulate principles and techniques for “rubbing” some of which are still the foundation of classical massage techniques today.
Around 380 BC Hippocrates, the father of medicines was really the first Physician to understand the benefits of massage and to use it to treat injuries and diseases. He discovered some important physiological effects of massage that are accepted today.
Modern massage therapy probably originated in the early 1800’s in Sweden where it is known as ‘Classical Massage’. Most of the techniques and terminology we use today can mainly be attributed to the Swede Peter Henry Ling (1776-
PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF MASSAGE INCLUDE:
Increase in circulation -
Helps healing processes -
Relaxes overworked, painful muscles.
Improves mobility of stiff joints.
Encourages the flow of lymph -
Massage can be either stimulating or soothing, depending on the kind of massage you choose. It can leave you feeling totally relaxed, serene and at peace with the world, or invigorated, full of energy and ready to take on the whole world.
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