A history of massage and it’s various forms.
It is little know the source and variety of history that massage holds. When people go to their local spa for an hour of relaxation they never realise that they are about to experience a practice that originated over 5,000 years ago. Massage is a form of therapy that is said to be able to cure pain, illnesses and mental suffering with the overall benefit of relaxing the receiver. Massage holds many powers, and those mentioned are just a few. Massage first appeared in India during 3000 BCE and since then has developed into a variety of different forms in the way its practiced. In India massage was first only know through word of mouth called Ayurveda. It was believed that to recover from any illness or pain a connection with both body and mind had to be catered for. Massage was then seen in such countries as China and Egypt. Egyptians are in fact credited for the massage know as Reflexology, which is the process of applying pressure points to the hands and feet.
From Japan to Greece then finally a huge resurgence in America massage has served humans for centuries. But what kinds of massages are preformed today and how can they help in different ways? Well here are a few different forms of modern massage.
Swedish Massage Therapy.
Swedish massage therapy, or as it is more commonly know, massage therapy, is the most popular and common form of massage and is the process of massage therapist using smooth, long strokes and kneading in circular motions to concentrate on layers of muscles, and is often used with an oil.
With this form of massage, the therapist uses slower deeper strokes on the muscles that allow the therapist to access deeper layers of muscle as well as it connective tissue. Deep tissue massage is know to treat any issues from postural problems to repetitive strain.
Sports massage is generally used by those who are in an athletic career, though you don’t have to be an athlete to feels its uses. The therapist uses certain strokes than tend to be faster than those used in a Swedish massage. This prevents injury and improves flexibility in the muscles, so that the person being massaged feels more limber.
Hot stone massage is the most different of the four massages mentioned here. It is the process of applying smooth heated stones to certain areas of tension in the body, and allows the muscles to loosen with the heat. The therapist may also rub the stones into the muscle point to apply extra healing warmth to the body.
All in all, massage has been proven to provide relief and comfort to those suffering with physical or mental pain, and this has been proven by the thousands of years worth of practice. Massage is also for all and for those wondering if they should take their ailment to a massage therapist, it is certainly recommended that they do.