Even in the ancient times, massage’s benefits to mind and body were well known and appreciated. Despite their minimal anatomic and physiologic knowledge, doctors of the old ages were using manual methods to successfully treat fatigue, injuries and illnesses.
Hippoctrates (400 b.c.) mentions the importance of ‘anatripsis’ – ‘rubbing’, as an important contributor of staying healthy. There are many other written references to manual therapies, stroking, rubbing and kneading of the body.
In ancient Greece, physical health was essential to mental and spiritual development.
Actors and stage musicians of the Far East used to complete massage courses to support their artistic skills. Naturally, massage was also a crucial for martial arts. In South India ancient kathkali dancers received strong, toning body massages by their trainer.
Massage is still essential in ayurvedic healing today.
In some cultures it symbolises welcoming hospitality: in Hawaii, symbolic movements called ‘lomi-lomi’ are performed to welcomed valued guests.
In Europe, during the Roman Empire, massages were thought to be important to keep good health.
The word ‘massage’ is considerable new, likely to have come from the Arabic ‘massah’, meaning ‘stroking with hands’.
Majority of the European pioneer work was done by Per Henrik Ling Swedish physiotherapist and fencing coach, whose so-called Swedish massage soon conquered the whole old continent. His methods have become the foundation of western massages.
Massage is one of the most natural and simple method of treating existing conditions, preventing illnesses and preserving our health and stamina. It is a common ‘language’ of healing, calming, de-stressing, pain-relief, and most importantly it is a way of expressing care.
Massage is a journey within yourself that teaches us the feeling of true relaxation, being at peace with ourselves and enjoying the lightness of a freely breathing body. It strengthens our feelings of care, the bond between people and improves our vitality and mutual understanding of each other.
As techniques evolved, many different kinds of massages were created. Most treatments can be categorised into two main types: Eastern and Western massage techniques.
Most of the Eastern techniques are based on traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Besides stimulating the body’s meridians, stretching is used to release tightness or any blockages in the body’s energy flow. Chinese medicine believes that one can only be healthy, if their energy or ‘chi’ can flow through their entire body undisturbed.
Types of eastern massages:
, yumeiho massage
, ayurvedic massage,
Western treatments focus on physical changes. The mind and soul are only contributing factors or causes of a condition, but physical problems are being treated on physical levels with manual treatments.
Most attention spent on harmonising blood flow and the lymphatic system and releasing muscle and joint tension.
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