The Origins of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy history dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in it’s medical benefits. The first written records of massage therapy are found in China and Egypt. Some of the earliest known massage dates back to 2700 BCE. The first known Chinese text is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.” This book was first published in English in 1949, but has become a staple in massage therapy training and is also often used as a textbook for teaching many other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture, acupressure and herbology.
Considering the long history of massage, its incorporation into Western medicine is only in its infancy. The potential for growth and research of the healing properties of therapeutic massage and body work has gained great momentum over the last fifty years, and the public demand for massage therapy is at an all-time high.
As a preventative practice, therapeutic massage is used in spas, gyms and work places all over the country. Using massage therapy to promote balance and maintain internal and external health is something that is now a standard part of the North American lifestyle.
In the health care industry, massage is commonly used in hospitals, nursing homes and birthing centers. It is also used in physical therapy and in chiropractic clinics to treat pain, increase circulation and expedite the healing of injured muscles.
Benefits of Massage:
- Reduces Pain
- Increases Blood Flow
- Stretches Muscles
- Decreases Anxiety
- Relieve Migraines and Headaches
- Reduces Stress
- Reduces Spasms and Cramping
- Increases Joint Flexibility
- Improves Range of Motion
- Improves Posture
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Improves Sleeping Disorders
Types of Massage Provided:
Swedish Massage: A lighter touch massage that helps increase blood flow. The techniques help the whole body to relax.
Deep Tissue: Similar to Swedish Massage, but with deeper pressure. It is used to help release chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia.
Raindrop Therapy Technique: Raindrop Technique incorporates calming, energizing and soothing essential oils with traditional massage practices. It was inspired from Egyptian, Tibetan and Native American healing traditions. The power of therapeutic-grade essential oils is combined with various massage techniques to create a unique and profound experience.
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Hot Stone Therapy: A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat.
Pregnancy Massage: Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support.
Cupping: Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
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