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Massage Therapy: Origins And Applications
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There are literaly hundreds if not thousands of massage techniques. Massage therapists, like any other engineer specializing in any kind of machine, massage therapists use their wide repertoir of techniques to help the human body function and feel better.

Massaging is widely thought to be the oldest form of body therapy in existence. Much of the art and skill in modern massage techniques date back to ancient India, China, Rome, and Greece. Even as far back as before 2,500 B.C., the ancient Chinese were using massage therapy to treat a variety of ailments, including paralysis and pain, and in the catacombs of ancient Egypt, they have discovered hyroglyphs with paintings of individuals undergoing massages. It is said that even great historical figures such as Juilias Ceaser underwent daily massages for treatment of joint and muscle pain. 

Althought certainly borrowing from the techniques of many other cultures, the most common form of massage today in western culture is the Swedish massage. Many of the currently popular massage forms used today were originally created for the curing of specific ailments. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, massage therapy was used to treat patients of all kinds, including soldiers. For example, in World War I, soldiers who had suffered from nerve damage, shell shock, and other injuries were treated with massage therapy.

Currently, massage therapy is used for an enormous range of applications, and it is applied to people of all ages, from infants to senior citizens. Massage therapy is also used in a variety of settings, from individual households, to sport and country clubs, to hospitals and special clinics. It's uses vary from treating premature birth to osteoarthritis to nerve damage to paralysis, heart attack, stroke, and many more.

Although massage therapy largely remained off the radar for many years, as the 20th centuray advanced it gained wider acclaim and attention. As time went on, more and more states began to regulate it and industry standards began to come into place. Education was offered on it and licenses were made and issued for those who could prove a standard of skill and knowledge in the craft. Today, massage therapy is booming, an art cultivated from ancient techniques and modern science.

The art and and science of massage therapy is now a mainstream source for aiding one's health and well-being. People seek it out for its many benefits, including increased muscle function, join disfunction, or just for the feeling of relaxation and overall wellbeing. 

 

 


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