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Does Massage Work

As early as 3000 BC massage was used as part of the health procedures in many ancient civilizations. and in the Middle and Far East possibly even longer. It is probably the oldest therapy known to man, instintively we will rub an area when it is hurting or sore.
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As early as 3000 BC massage was used as part of the health procedures in many ancient civilizations. and in the Middle and Far East possibly even longer. It is probably the oldest therapy known to man, instintively we will rub an area when it is hurting or sore.

An oiled massage every day was reccommended by Hippocrates who is often refered to as the 'Father of Medicine'.

Oils are still used by masseurs regardless of the type of massage used. By using oils, hands are able to move over the body with ease. Sometimes essential oils are used but are always added to a base oil to dilute them.

Scientists have shown that essential oils can penetrate the skin, maybe through the sweat pores or the hair follicles. These oils when massaged into the skin are absorbed into the body's bloodstream and other fluids to work internally.

Massage therapy has long been popular in the Middle East, but it was thousands of years before it reached the West. When it did reach the Western world it was only the wealthy who could afford to use this type of treatment.

Swedish massage was develped by Per Henrik Ling a Swedish gymnast. Massage had become very popular, and he developed this type of massage due to his interest in sport. This type of massage deals mainly with the joints and muscles of the body.

By the 20th century massage had become very popular in the west, and had spread over to America. As it became more affordable to people its popularity spread quickly. In America a book was publish called The Massage Book, this was a book that covered not just massage but how to look at the body holistically.

By taking into account mind, body and spirit massage had come the whole circle back to Hippocrates who always spoke in terms of mind body and spirit. This is what we now term as the holistic approach to healing.

The massage process relaxes the body, mind and spirit. On the physical level, massage increases the circulation of blood around the body, which in turn help get rid of accumulated waste, so releasing harmful toxins from the body.

Stress is part of everyones life, there is no getting away from it, our jobs, family, money problems etc all cause us stress. A lot of people find it almost impossible to relax, and they end up going to bed each night wound up tighter than a spring. Massage relaxes the body, endorphins are released, we feel better therefore we sleep better.

It is believed, particularly in the traditional medicines of China and India that energy flows through meridian lines all through the human body. Stress can cause a blockage of this energy and massages may be given to allow the energy to once again move freely round the body. It has to be said that western medicines does not recognise the existence of these meridian lines.

Massage therapy was on the fringes of conventional medicine for a long time, but now modern medical experts generally accepts the efficacy and benefits of massage. In fact, more than 70% of American hospitals now offer massage therapy as a part of their treatments.

Massage therapy has a wide usage in hospitals, and is used mainly in the treatment of chronic pain, pregnancy, stress relief, and for joint and muscle mobility.

New research suggests that massage therapy helps to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and manage pain.

It is good to see massage therapy crossing over from the alternative medicine field to the mainstream as this means that many more people are able to experience the benefits of this very versatile form of treatment and therapy.

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