The origin of the term ‘massage’ goes back a long way:
- Greek: masso/massein, meaning to touch or to handle, also means to knead or to squeeze
- Latin: massa, lifted from Greek masso and means the same
- Arabic: mass’h or mass, means to press softly
Massage one of the principal method of relieving pain for Greek and Roman physicians. Julius Caesar was apparently given a daily massage to treat neuralgia. Egyptian tomb paintings show people practicing massage.
Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, places great emphasis on massage and it remains widely practiced in India.
“The Physician Must Be Experienced In Many Things,” wrote Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, in the 5th century B. C., “but assuredly in rubbing.. for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid.”
Remedial massage is a therapeutic deep tissue massage that can treat specific health issues, musculoskeletal problems and injuries. It provides relaxation if you are stressed and soothes sore, tired muscles.
Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy. Therapists learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems as well as scar tissue. Touch imparts a feeling of caring, an important ingredient in the healing process.
Massage was used by early physicians to treat fatigue and injury based purely on their basic understanding of how the body functions.
When muscles are overtaxed, lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasm. Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, delivering fresh oxygen to body tissues.
Deep tissue massage targets knots and release chronic muscle tension. Massage relieves inflammation and helps to eliminate scar tissue, focusing on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia.