Massage therapy is a healing art that has been around for thousands of years. It is an intuitive therapy based on the human instinct to ‘rub areas that hurt’. Massage has likely been practiced in virtually every culture since the beginning of time. This makes it tricky to track its evolution. This is because of the vast variation in both historical recording methods and massage terminology across ancient texts. Probably the oldest written record of massage dates back nearly 4000 years.
The Chinese Medical text ‘Con-Fu of the Toa-Tse’ was written around 1800 BC. It detailed the application of massage techniques for therapeutic purpose. Ancient literature, artwork and archaeological evidence reveal that massage practices existed in many ancient cultures. These include India, China, Egypt, Greece, the Roman Empire, Japan, Thailand and Korea. Over time massage therapy has developed into the respected, evidence-based health profession it is today.
Massage uses touch and various manual techniques to help relax, revive and heal the body. I like to use a good quality oil or wax for my treatments. I use organic products when possible.