History of Massage

Origins of Massage

Massage MaterialsMassage is perhaps one of the oldest forms of healing therapy practiced on the human body. Dating as far back as 2,700 B.C.. There has been archaeological evidence that different types of massage occurred throughout history from many ancient civilisations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Mesopotamia.Manual massage has long been recognized as an effective therapy for the relief of pain, swelling and muscle spasm. Evidence of massage techniques dates back to ancient Chinese medical records from more than 2000 years BC. Ancient Indian and Greek texts describe massage as an effective therapy, especially for treating sports and war injuries.

The word massage comes from the French, Greek, Arabic and Latin languages.
French massage meaning "friction of kneading"
Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle"
Latin massa meaning "mass, dough",
Greek verb μάσσω (massō) "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough".

Historical records show that massage therapy was practised widely amoungst the Greeks and Romans. From Julius Caesar who received daily massage, Pliny the renowned roman naturalist, to Calen, the Roman Emperor's physician who prescribed massages to prepare the gladiators for combat and to treat their injuries.

Massage Today

Modern Massage TableModern massage techniques were formed from observation, study and in response to the need to heal specific health conditions. For instance to help with nerve damage and to soothe shell shock soliders in World War l were administered massages in western hospitals.

Today, massage therapists not only use massage techniques for treatment of sporting injuries but muscle and joint soreness, occupational and accidental injuries and for general relaxation; especially during pregnancy. We have found that a more appropriate table head piece to allow a more relaxed face down massage makes for ideal and longer lasting results.