Massage Therapy Evolved From a Full-Body Wellness Practice

Massage Therapy Evolved From a Full-Body Wellness Practice

The origin of massage is thought to be ancient Ayurvedic herbs prescribed for menstrual cramps, indigestion, headache, cramps, sore throats, flu, upset stomach, migraines, sinusitis, and asthma. Early Chinese developed a book known as the Yellow Emperor's Classic Book of Internal Medicine, which is today often referred to as a classic text on massage alternative medicine. This text described the origin, effects, and therapeutic uses of various herbs including ginger, mix, mulberry, gingko biloba, yarrow, sage, slippery elm, barberry, cypress, myrrh, yarrow, hellebore, horsetail, Angelica plant, ginkgo biloba, grapefruit, squash, and peanut. According to this publication, each of these herbs has different qualities that are appropriate for different conditions and are effective in relieving pain and soothing the skin. The publication also recommended a range of massage strokes and techniques like using palm, buttocks, back, shoulder blade, leg, and facial strokes.

While the origin of massage may have been influenced by other cultures, today's understanding of its advantages contributes to a multifaceted healing practice which may be used for stress, muscle tension, body cleansing, and detoxification. Though many massage strokes and techniques have their own purposes, there are a number of universal strokes that are considered to be integral components of the healing practice. These are discussed below.

The word"massage" is derived from two Greek roots: