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A Definition of Massage


Massage is a healing art practiced in all cultures and regions of the world. It is the systematic placing of the hands on a body and applying techniques to treat the body and the person to relieve ailments and stress and said to be one of the best preventative medicines available.

This basic instinct to rub our bodies in times of distress or injury has been developed over generations into a sophisticated healing art, it is a natural, holistic and scientific method to relieve the effects of stresses and strains.

Most parents recognize that when a child is upset, stroking their hair and physical contact soothes and calms children.

In European history, records extend back to 465 BC, when Hypocrites (considered the 'father' of modern medicine) prescribed it as a treatment for his patients.

Massage has been a part Ayurveda, an Indian traditional medicine system which has origins some 5000 years ago. It was practiced and taught by the spiritual rishis, who laid the foundations of the Vedic civilisation in India and massage was also extensively used in China.

The most commonly used massage systems are Ayurvedic massage and Swedish Massage. There are over 400 massage systems which include; Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Holistic Pulsing, Bowen Technique, Acupressure and altogether over 400 recognised forms.

"Massage Therapy" is:

  • The holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the body; i.e. the muscular, skeletal, digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems.
  • It is the manipulation the soft tissue of the body with the hands for therapeutic, healing, relaxing and pleasurable effects.
  • It is caring expressed through the hands supporting, stroking, rubbing, kneading and pressing.

Today massage is widely recognised as a cost effective preventative medicine and as an effective therapy to treat not only injuries, but many other health and psychological problems.

Massage helps in: relaxation, relieving the effects of over exertion, stress and pain, recovery from illness, weight loss, circulation, detoxification, lymphatic drainage, lowering or increasing pulse, improving muscle tone and breathing, releasing emotional mental and emotional exhaustion, restoring depleted energy and generating a sense of well-being and is safe for people of all ages.

Massage really isn't a pointless indulgence in sensory experience. It's an assurance, keeping you in touch with your body.

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