History of Massage:
Massage has been used for healing throughout recorded history. There is a natural instinct to rub a
sore or ache muscle to feel better. Cultures around the world have build upon this to develop varied styles of massage. Archaeological evidence of massage has been found in many ancient civilizations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia.
Some examples are:
2700 BC: The first known Chinese text is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Medicine”, specifies the use of massage techniques and their use.
2330 BC: Egyptian Tomb of Akmanthor revealed paintings showing Massage Therapy and Reflexology as a part of their medical tradition.
460 BC: Hippocrates wrote "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing".
1813 AC: Swedish medical gymnastic instructor Pehr Henrik Ling developed what he called the "Swedish Movement Cure."
1878 AC: Dutch massage practitioner Johan Georg Mezger defined what we know today as the basic hand strokes of Swedish Massage using French terms, effleurage (long, gliding strokes), petrissage (lifting and kneading the muscles), friction (firm, deep, circular rubbing movements), tapotement (tapping or percussive movements), and vibration (shaking or vibrating specific muscles).
The benefits of Massage:
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for chronic muscular pain release, improve circulation and reduce blood pressure, increase joint flexibility, improve posture, reduce tension, fatigue, fight stress and anxiety.
Most people can benefit from massage. However, may not be appropriate for you if you are diagnosed with:
Deep vein thrombosis
Burns or healing wounds
Rheumatoid arthritis in acute stage
Stroke (up to 6 months)
You can discuss the pros and cons of having a massage with your doctor, especially if you have cancer or unexplained pain.
Unlike what some people believe, massage shouldn't be painful. It should be Effective but Not painful. Although all cautions will be taken to find the right pressure for your needs, Deep Tissue massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day, you can avoid it by doing some good stretches first thing at the morning, to bring your muscles back to their full length.