Why is it important to study the history of massage?
I’ve always felt it is important for therapists to understand the history of any massage technique one provides to clients. History is a way to better understand what we do today. Clients have continuously increasing expectations of what they receive in a massage treatment from their therapist.
What can you say about the history of massage?
The history of massage therapy dates back to 3000 BCE (or earlier) in India, where it was considered a sacred system of natural healing. Used by Hindus in Ayurveda “life health” medicine, massage therapy was a practice passed down through generations to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses.
What is the importance of massage in our daily life?
Benefits of massage
Reducing stress and increasing relaxation. Reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension. Improving circulation, energy and alertness. Lowering heart rate and blood pressure.
What does massage do to the muscles?
Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissue, which reduces painful contractions and spasms. Massage can also reduce nerve compression. To understand this, consider that when muscles are contracted, they sometimes compress the nerves around them.
Where did the word massage come from?
The word comes from the French massage “friction of kneading”, or from Arabic massa meaning “to touch, feel or handle” or from Latin massa meaning “mass, dough”,the Greek verb μάσσω (massō) means”to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough”.
When was the first evidence of massage recorded?
The first written records of massage therapy are found in China, India and Egypt. At this time, massage was performed almost exclusively by the ancient equivalent to modern doctors. The first known Chinese text is on massage therapy dates back to 2700 BC.
When did massage therapy become a profession?
The 18th Century. During the 1700s massage therapy first came to be recognized as a legitimate profession. Back then massage therapists were referred to as “Rubbers.” Rubbers were primarily women with little education who were employed by surgeons. The purpose of rubbers was to help doctors rehabilitate their patients.
What are the 5 benefits of massage?
Top 5 Benefits Of Massage Therapy
- Decrease Stress. …
- Improve Flexibility in your Muscles. …
- Increase Immune Function. …
- Reduce Pain. …
- Sleep Better.
Is daily massage harmful?
Most massages are considered safe. Talk to your doctor before getting one if you have a serious medical condition. You may want to ask for massage therapist recommendations from your doctor so you can find someone who meets your needs.