The healing power of touch has been known and practiced since earliest times. We know that the art of massage was practiced by the Greeks and Romans, in ancient India and China, and massage is even mentioned and praised for its healing powers in the Bible. Indeed the laying on of hands, prominent in so many religions for its healing powers, dates to the ancient practice of massage. The healing power of touch, well known and practiced throughout the ages, is still with us and indeed even more relevant that ever. Today, modern science and the ancient art of healing through touch have come together to help you feel, think and perform at your best.
Nowadays when think of massage, we usually associate it with the Swedish style of massage pioneered by the 19th century Swede Per Henrik Ling. The Swedish massage is the most popular and well know style of massage in the United States today. It usually involves the client lying comfortably on a massage table draped in towels while the massage therapist manipulates the soft tissues and muscles for a relaxing, soothing expereince that works out the kinks, relieves tension and feels good. Swedish massage is the most widely practiced and most recognized form of massage.
There are other lesser known styles of massage but what they all have in common is the goal of increasing the well being of the client. Some aim to heal or to treat specific injuries or underlying problems; other to soothe or relax the therapy client; and still others to manage chronic illnesses and complaints. Massage can be done on the seated or standing patient or, more traditionally, using a special massage table. There are any number of specialty types of massage, including, sports massage, deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage and even baby massage. Then there are the really esoteric styles of massage including the thai massage that doesn’t much resemble the feel good massage at all, but sounds more like torture! Yet even this has the goal of increasing client well being.
However it is practiced, whether seated, standing or lying on massage tables, and whatever the style, the benefits of massage are impressive. Massage has been shown to ease the chronic pain of those who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. It has also been demonstrated to help prevent and treat sports injuries and enhance performance for professional athletes and weekend warriors alike. Massage can also help increase alertness, significantly reduce stress and has proven useful in the treatment of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. Massage has even been linked to slowing the aging process!
Whatever ails you, the ancient art of massage can help you. So hop up onto that massage table now and start feeling your best today!