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Dr. Mark Hyman

Life Touch

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is one of the oldest and simplest forms of medical care and natural healing practice. Historically, massage was considered as an art form.

Many references to massage are seen in writings from ancient civilizations including Rome, Greece, Japan, China, Egypt, Mesopotamia and India.

  • The earliest references come from China and date back to 3000 BC.
  • Hippocrates, the ‘father of Western medicine’, referred to massage in his “field-cures” in 460 BC.

Massage Therapy – Purpose

The main purpose of massage therapy is to balance inner vital energy and improve overall body condition. Other benefits include reducing recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system.

Massage therapy is a manual manipulation of the body tissues including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is an alternative health option to help alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many other pain syndromes. A massage therapist works to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins built up in the muscles. In most Western massage techniques natural oils are used to assure fluidity of movement, increase the flexibility of body tissues and improve skin nourishment. Some people use massage therapy primarily to relieve pain; others to relax, improve body condition and feel energetically revitalized.

Massage can help particular problems, such as:

  • muscular and joint aches and pains;
  • lack of vital energy; physical and mental fatigue;
  • stress, anxiety, inability to relax;
  • sleep-related problems, headaches;
  • dysfunction of the immune or digestive systems.

As it reduces both emotional and physical stress it is often incorporated as part of a regular program for stress management.

Massage Therapy – Techniques

Today there are several types of massage technique practiced round the world.

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