It is one of the oldest, most effective, and most natural forms of healing. Therapeutic, remedial, and relaxation massage relaxes and calms the tense, anxious mind by slowing down the breathing from short, rapid breaths to more effective deep, slow breaths. This relieves mental, emotional, and physical fatigue.
It improves circulation, enabling oxygen and nutrients to pass more freely through the body and speeds up lymphatic flow, allowing accumulated waste products – or toxins – to leave the body more quickly. It loosens and relaxes tight muscles by breaking down fibrous adhesions and helps to tone weak muscles.
Each massage will leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and revitalized.
People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including relieving pain, rehabilitating sports injuries, reducing stress, increasing relaxation, addressing anxiety and depression, and aiding general wellness.
History of Massage Therapy
What is the history of massage therapy? Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in writings from ancient China, Japan, India, Arabic nations, Egypt, Greece (Hippocrates defined medicine as “the art of rubbing”), and Rome.
Massage became widely used in Europe during the Renaissance. In the 1850s, two American physicians who had studied in Sweden introduced massage therapy in the United States, where it became popular and was promoted for a variety of health purposes. With scientific and technological advances in medical treatment during the 1930s and 1940s, massage fell out of favor in the United States. Interest in massage revived in the 1970s, especially among athletes.
What are the health benefits of massage therapy? According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, an estimated 18 million U.S. adults and 700,000 children had received massage therapy in the previous year.