What is Massage?
Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues in the body, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and skin.
Effleurage, kneading and percussion are just a few of the techniques used by massage therapists to work the soft tissues of the body.
Modern massage is based upon the techniques that were developed by Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish man who developed a system of movements. Massage is still commonly referred to Swedish massage as a result of his influence.
Why is Massage beneficial?
Massage is most commonly associated with relaxation and experiencing a sense of well being. Massage is also often used to help relieve stress and muscular tension that we may or may not be aware of because we can become accustomed to it. Other benefits include stimulation of the body systems; thereby increasing circulation and promoting the dispersal of waste materials via the lymphatic system.
A brief history of Massage
In China massage dates as far back as 3000BC, it was called ‘amma’ and was used to promote and restore health and for relaxation purposes.
Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional form of medicine in India; it involves the healing and prolonging of life through holistic therapies, such as massage.
Hippocrates is known as the ‘father’ of medicine; he was a Greek man who believed massage should be used by doctors as a form of healing. The Greeks therefore used massage as part of an everyday exercise routine.
In Roman times, massage was used to relieve stiff muscles, curing diseases, strengthening the body and improving circulation. Gladiators were given a massage before and after fighting.