A brief summary and history of massage therapy.
What is Massage Therapy?
Differing from what you give your boyfriend (or, for some of us lucky gals, who also get one from him!), the term massage therapy covers a group of practices and techniques.
I continue to be amazed with diversity. France has over 400 kinds of cheese. Would you have guessed there are over 80 types of massage therapies!
In all of them, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body, often varying pressure and movement. They most often use their hands and fingers but may use their forearms, elbows, or feet as well.
Typically, the intent is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and decrease pain.
Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage have been found in ancient writings from many cultures, including those of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Japan, China, Egypt, and the Indian subcontinent.
In modern day North America, massage therapy first became popular and was promoted for a variety of health purposes starting in the mid-1800s. In the 1930s and 1940s, however, massage therapy fell out of favor, mostly because of scientific and technological advances in medical treatments. Interest in massage therapy and its benefits were reconsidered during the 1970s, especially among athletes.
Today, people use massage therapy for a wide variety of health-related intents: to relieve pain (often from musculoskeletal conditions, but from other conditions as well); rehabilitate sports injuries; reduce stress; increase relaxation; address feelings of anxiety and depression; and aid general wellness.
i encourage you to include this into your personal recipe for wellbeing. Note: always consult your medical practitioner before any type of massage therapy if being treated for an existing condition.