History of Massage
Massage and healing touch are ancient techniques that have morphed into over 80 different methods or modalities over the years. Massage is instinctive and requires an intuitive touch to relieve aches and pains. Archaeologist have found historical evidence that suggests that massage therapy has been practiced around the globe for thousands of years.
The practice of massage goes back as early as 3000 BC. The Chinese have always studied illness and their manuscripts discuss massage as a treatment for disease. Massage even predates acupuncture which doesn't show up on record until 90 BC.
Massage has travel across all ancient cultures showing up time and time again in Japan, India, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Massage traveled through time and made its way to America during World War I. Massage was used heavily to rehabilitate injured soldiers. Because of its benefits the practice followed nurses and physicians back to America but as medical technology advanced massage was abandoned.
Nurses and Physicians felt that massage was too labor intensive and time consuming and by the 1930s the art had disappeared from American culture. Massage didn't stay away too long. It resurfaced again in America in 1943. Massage proved itself to be a crucial part of physiotherapy. Soon the American Massage Therapy Association was formed and since then they have devoted their time and effort to represent the professional massage therapist across the country.
So if you've been skeptical of massage, rest assure that it has withstood the test of time. Time and time again this art form has proven itself beneficial in maintaining and improving health for many. For those of you who have witnessed the benefits of massage feel free to share this knowledge with someone who is looking to a solution to their pain.