Who practices massage therapy?
Massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, and reduce the physiological burden of stress. It can help treat conditions including stress-related tension, cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain and depression, just to name a few.
What culture did massage start?
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 foot massage called?
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet (or the hands). Reflexology is generally relaxing and may help alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot correspond to organs and systems of the body.
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.
What are the health benefits of massage therapy?
Some of the physical benefits of massage and myotherapy include:
- reduced muscle tension.
- improved circulation.
- stimulation of the lymphatic system.
- reduction of stress hormones.
- increased joint mobility and flexibility.
- improved skin tone.
- improved recovery of soft tissue injuries.
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”.
What is the importance of knowing the history of massage?
Understanding the history of massage is important in order to determine how the ancient healing practice evolved across the world over time; and developed into a respected, evidence-based health profession today.
When was deep tissue massage invented?
Deep tissue massage has been around for quite some time. Many believe it started with the ancient Egyptians but in modern times it was used in 19th century Canada and was used by physicians to treat things such as whiplash. It was introduced to the United States in the late 1800s and has been used ever since.
What is an Ayurvedic massage?
Ayurvedic massage also known as abhyanga, employs holistic medicine principles used 3000 years ago in India, where it was first discovered. The main focus of this massage treatment is to balance out doshas within your body to achieve spiritual fulfilment and relaxation.