According to the Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary, the definition of “Massage” is:
Main Entry: 1mas·sage
Pronunciation: m–säzh, –säj
: manipulation of tissues (as by rubbing, stroking, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument especially for therapeutic purposes.
And, the definition of “Massotherapy” is:
Main Entry: mas·so·ther·a·py
Inflected Form(s): plural -pies
: the practice of therapeutic massage
Now the keyword above is “Therapeutic”.
Massage therapy has many benefits to the client which include:
- detoxification of the tissues in the body
- increases energy
- promotes blood circulation
- faster surgery recovery
- relieves muscle tension
- relieves physical pain
- increases flexibility and range of motion
- promotes faster recovery from injuries
- improves posture
- relieves pregnancy discomforts
- and many, many more…
Massage has been used for centuries. Egyptians practiced massage on the feet. It was first recorded in China during the second century B.C.. Physicians of ancient Greece and Rome utilized massage as one of the primary methods to treat pain. During the 19th century, Per Henrik Ling, (1776-1839) combined a form of massage with gymnastic exercises that “Swedish Massage” originated from.
John Harvey Kellogg (J.H.K.)(1852-1943) was the doctor that studied the massage benefits on visceral, musculoskeletal and mental systems of the human body. Yes, this is the guy that created “Corn Flakes”.
Fun fact: His brother, Will Kieth Kellogg (W.K.K.), thought putting powdered sugar on the flakes would make children like them more and sell better. J.H.K. was totally against the idea due to his extreme healthy lifestyle and when he was away for business his brother W.K.K. decided to produce “Frosted Flakes”, that led to J.H.K. never talking to him again. 😦
Massage is medicine. And, before medicine there was massage.
example:When one stubs their toe the first thing they do is rub out the pain. Rubbing is massage.
There are several modalities of massage:
- Chinese Medicine – Shiatsu
- India – Ayurvedic Massage
- Thailand -Thai Massage
- Hawaii – Lomi lomi
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Japanese Medicine – Anma
- Myofascial Release
- Philipines – Hilot
- Hot Stone Massage
These are just a few of the modalities, there are several more. To find a therapist that offers any of these is usually best to do an internet search, use a phone book and/or referrals.
For more information on massage click here.
“The History of Massage” by Robert Calvert
“The Art of Massage” by John Harvey Kellogg