Nearly 4000 years old, Massage was recognized as one of the oldest forms of Healing. In 4th century, the father of Medicine, Hippocrates referenced massage in medical text and was stated as saying, “The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing.”
“Rubbing” in later day language, is now referred to as Massage Therapy, Bodywork and or Somatic Therapy. The application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissue of the body that include but not limited to, applying fixed or moveable pressure, rocking, friction, holding, kneading and compression.
Practitioners mostly use their hands, sometimes forearms, elbows and feet are used in the application of massage therapy also. The musculoskeletal, endocrine, circulatory- lymphatic, nervous systems benefit, and overall health and wellbeing increases.
Here are some of the many benefits of receiving a Massage:
- relaxes the entire body
- strengthens the immune system
- increase flexibility and range of motion
- calms the nervous system
- enhances skin tone by improving blood circulation
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers heart rate
- reduces mental stress
- improves concentration
- balances and harmonizes hormones, endocrine system.