History of Massage
Massage has been used since the creation of man. The Chinese have been using massage for hundreds or maybe thousands of years B.C.
Ancient Greeks, a Greek physician Hippocrates, and Ancient Romans used massage. In 1812 P.H. Ling, a native of Sweden based massage and excerise on principels of anatomy and physiology. Ling went to China and studied Chinese Massage with Kung Fu, a Taoist Priest. Ling formulated Swedish Massage from that disipline.
The Swedish Massage consists of five scientific manipulations, active and passive excerises that when applied to the body will affect the nervous, muscular, and circulatory systems.
The five strokes are Effleurage,Petrissage (kneading), Friction (rubbing, or pressing), Vibration (shaking, or trembling), Tapotement, (precussion), just to name a few.
Benefits of Massage
Our bodies have twenty-two miles of arteries and veins. When any part of this system becomes choked, circulation is slowed down. Chemical deposits forms in the body. Massage works out formations and gives nature a chance to rid the body of toxic matter and restore circulation to the affected parts.
Increases the number of red blood cells.
Acts as a mechanical cleanser by stimulating lymph activity.
Relaxes muscle spasms, relieves tension.
Improves muscle tone, helps prevent muscular atrophy.
Helps lessen inflammation, and swelling in joints.
Dilates blood vessels, improves circulation throughout the body.
Increases blood supply and nutrition to the muscles.
May have a sedative, stimulating, or exhausting effect on the client.
Combined with a low calorie diet can aid in weight reduction.
Makes you feel good, plus massage is the loving thing to do.
Forsyth Tech Student Handbook
Therapeutic Massage Program.