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Mar 5 15

Massage Therapy Through the Ages

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Massage Therapy Has Evolved Over Thousands of Years

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Civilizations in the East and West, as far back as 3000 B.C., found that natural healing and massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. What’s more, it helped reduce stress and produce deep relaxation.

Massage Therapy began as a sacred system of natural healing. However, cultural shifts rendered it a disreputable form of indulgence for some periods of history. Enduring those episodes, massage has experienced resurgence in modern times. Today, Massage Therapy stands as a highly respected holistic healing method practiced across the world.

The 20th century through today

Through the early part of the 20th century, an increasing number of new and rediscovered massage techniques were documented and practiced. In particular, massage was used to treat World War I patients who suffered from nerve injury or shell shock.

However, massage remained out of the mainstream as a form of treatment for many years. It was perceived as a luxury reserved for the wealthy. Furthermore, its reputation endured another unsavory period with the advent of massage parlors where the practice became associated with the sex trade.

In the latter half of the 20th century, rising interest in natural healing methods revitalized massage. More and more states started to regulate the practice, and industry standards in licensing and education emerged. As a result, massage earned a place as a legitimate and respectable form of alternative and complementary medicine and because recognized in society’s wellness boom—the focus on disease prevention through maintaining wellness.

Today’s Massage Therapists practice a multitude of techniques originating from ancient methods. From those roots, they remain inspired by a goal cultivated centuries ago – to help others heal their physical and emotional well-being and experience a higher quality of life.

http://www.naturalhealers.com/qa/massage-therapy-history.shtml