ALL ABOUT MASSAGE
THE HISTORY OF MASSAGE
For thousands of years, massage has been used as a therapeutic tool to nurture and heal the body. In Greece in the early fifth century BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote about the benefits of massage. Asclepiades, an ancient Greek physician, challenged current medical thought after learning the value of massage and relied exclusively upon its use to restore and maintain health. The renowned Roman naturalist Pliny found relief from chronic asthma by having his body rubbed regularly. Julius Caesar was pinched dally all over his body to ease nerve pain and headaches from epilepsy.
During the Middle Ages, massage was almost forgotten until the French physician AmbroisePare’ revived the art in the 16th century.
In the early 19th century, per Henrik Ling, a Swedish-Fencing Master and Gymnastics instructor, used a massage technique called “Percussion” to overcome rheumatism.
Recognizing the healing potential of massage, Ling combined its uses with his teachings. Ling’s effort and dedication gained him official recognition, and in 1813, The Official Gymnastic Central Institute, in Stockholm, sponsored by the Swedish government, including massage in its curriculum. After Ling’s death in 1839, his former students published his work on massage. Massage gained popularity, thereafter, and institutes and spas opened in Germany, Austria, and France offering this therapy. This was the beginning of what is now known as Swedish massage.
In the United States, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that people other than dancers, athletes, and members of Spas and health clubs were aware of the benefits of massage. Massage is widely recognized today for its therapeutic value, and the practice continues to flourish in the Western World.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MASSAGE
The epidermis which is the outer layer of the skin and the layers beneath are designed to process sensation. Feeling is transmitted to the body and brain through an elaborate network of touch receptors to form natural electrical charges. The skin sensitivity as well as its ability to relay tactile messages is why massage can approve gland, organ, and nerve function, while relaxing muscles in producing a positive emotional feeling. When touch, in the form of massage, is combined with essential oils, the results can be wonderful!
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Lisa is certified in 7 different areas of natural wellness and holds a degree in Transformational Psychology. She is the founder of Lifeshare University of Healing, LLC, and the Published Author of Nine Amethyst Angels Self Help Book and the Personal Development CD Series "A Life from Roses to Lilies, Back to Seed.