Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Friday, January 9, 2009

What is Massage Therapy?

Wall painting in the tomb of Ankhmahor (the physician's tomb), Saqqara, Egypt c.2340 B.C.

Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Its vital role in health care was universal. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh". More than two thousand years later Hippocrates-the father of modern medicine-wrote that "the physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing" (the ancient Greek word, massein, means to knead).

Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue - muscles, skin and/or tendons - by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet. Bodywork is a general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing.

Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past twelve months. And the number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage - for relaxation, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.

from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

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