A Brief History
Because touch is such a primary human need, massage is rooted in human culture. The Chinese were practising massage as long ago as 3000 BC; in India, sacred, ancient Hindu texts include massage in their guidelines for hygiene and well-being. Egyptian tombs contain evidence that shows that massage was also important in their culture.
In the sporting arena, the athletes of ancient Greece used massage before and after competing while the Romans recognised the benefits for injured gladiators. Massage was also important to cultured Roman Citizens: after their bathing rituals in hot springs, many Romans liked to round off their visits to the baths with a relaxing massage.
Modern Massage therapy is the work of Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839). As a result of extensive research and practical experience at his institute, he developed a scientific system known as Swedish Massage. It was Ling who introduced the French terms still in use by massage therapists today, such as Effleurage and Petrissage.
Many of today’s massage techniques have been built on the earlier ideas and methods originating form Swedish Massage.
Who can enjoy massage?
Massage is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where you should avoid massage. To ensure the continued well-being of clients, all treatments begin with a consultation, which enables your therapist to make sure that massage is right for you. In some instances your doctor’s permission may be required before treatments can commence, for example, if you have high blood pressure. An individual confidential record card will be kept with any relevant notes for future treatments.
What happens during treatment?
Typically, a full body massage lasts for an hour. During the treatment, towels will be used to ensure your modesty. Your therapist may use oils, creams or talc during the massage. These can help nourish the skin, and allow a fluid, free-flowing massage.
Your body responds to an massage in two main ways. Firstly, there’s a physical effort on your body: for example, by helping to reduce muscle stiffness, or increase joint mobility. Then there are psychological benefits too – such as feelings of relaxation and well-being.
Overall, a massage helps you to relax and unwind, which makes it an ideal antidote to today’s stressful lifestyles!
Benefits of Massage
Enhanced feelings of relaxation and contentment.
Relief from pain, eg back pain, stress and tension.
The release of endorphins, the body’s feel good hormones.
Improved blood and lymph circulation.
Increased energy levels and feelings of vitality.
A general sense of health and well-being.
Increase water intake and herbal tea following a treatment to assist the body’s detoxification process.
Eat Light Meals.
Avoid consumption of alcohol.
Concentrate on posture and breathing to alleviate stress.
Consider attending classes in Yoga or Meditation.
You may experience the following reactions, these are beneficial to your body, some can be unpleasant but short-lived and over a period of time your reactions will diminish.
Heightened Emotional State;