Massage is one of the oldest healing arts with Chinese records dating back over thousands of years ago with the first documented descriptions dating back to about 3,000 BC. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the principle that every illness, ailment or discomfort in the body is due to an imbalance in “Qi” (chi). In Japan the practice of medicine mostly consisted of diagnosis and treatment with massage-type methods. The ancient Greeks valued the benefits of massage using it in just about every aspect of daily life. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used massage techniques to treat many medical conditions. He stated that “anyone wishing to study medicine must master the art of massage.”
Our automatic reaction when we have pain and/or stress is to hold or rub the affected area where we are hurting. This basic practice of self-massage has been developed through out the centuries into the styles and system of the highly specialized forms of massage that we know today. In the present day various studies and experiments show that massage has proven beneficial for many chronic conditions including low back pain, fatigue, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, depression, constant muscle pain, stress and can even help assist people with cancer during their course of various, and sometimes painful, treatments.
These studies also show that massage results in physical benefits such as slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, boosting your immune system as well as lessens stress making you feel calmer and happier. We have learned how much the healing power of massage and the power of touch can be.
of touch and massage. Massage eases pain, lessens anxiety, softens the blows of life, and has the power to heal.
It is common to live most of our lives in our heads. Mental chatter disconnects you from your body and depletes your energy,
Stress that over time pulls the energy from your body and keeps it stuck in your head. You may find that your mind cannot stop.
Even sleep becomes more difficult, further depleting your energy and your immune system. Massage helps you sleep better.
Regular massage establishes your mind-body connection and has been proven to decrease anxiety, increase your immune system, your endorphin levels, and helps sleep.