History of Massage (Part 3)

Massage dates back to many years ago. It is considered a natural form of healing which can lead to the recovery from injuries and healing from pain and illnesses. Also, it reduces stress and induces deeper relaxation.

The Ayurveda, which is a traditional and holistic medical system in India, was developed by natural scientists for many centuries through experiments and meditation. Evidences of this Ayurveda can be seen in texts which were written between 1500 and 500 BCE.

According to this ancient method of healing, diseases are contracted by the body when they go out of harmony with their environment. And the only way to find relief and cure for these is when the body reunites or reestablishes harmony with the society.

In Egypt and China, a form also emerged. Particularly, reflexology which is the technique of applying pressure to certain points on the feet and hands was begun in 2500 BCE in Egypt. In China, the development of massage goes back to 2700 BC. What makes it unique in China is that theirs is a combination of the expertise and methods of traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts, Buddhists, and Taoists.

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Massage was also brought to Japan by the monks who studied Buddhism in China. Soon enough, the therapy in Japan gave way to the popular one we know today which is the Shiatsu massage.

In Greece, it was introduced by the athletes and philosophers. It occurred in the 8th century BC. Before they engaged in competitions, the athletes went to have their massages so that they can be fit and be in condition for the competition. In the 5th century BCE, friction was introduced by Hippocrates to treat physical conditions.

In Rome, massage became popular during the 1st century BCE. Galen was a believer of Hippocrates especially in the thought that to maintain a healthy body, there should be a balance of healthy diet, rest, and massage. Roman leaders received their treatments from trainers in public baths. A really long time ago! Read more here!

Massage also became popular in Europe in 1600 BCE. And between that time and 1800 BCE, an increasing number of doctors and scientists had seen the benefits of massage to the body.Bildresultat för massage history

Massage even grew more popular when it was used in the US during the 20th century as part of the healing and treatment of patients during the World War 1.

Up to today, massage continues to be a huge part in the healing and wellness of individuals. And because people’s lives have become more under pressure and in constant motion, pains that occur from the neck down to the spine and to the back are often felt. However, what is keeping people from getting a massage is that they still have to get out of their house to get a massage. That is why science is bringing this relaxation technique closer to the people by making the massage chair.