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History | Traditional Massage

     The sense of touch is a powerful and highly sensitive form of communication.  All of us respond to each other mostly through this natural reaction. A bonding develops unknowingly, when a mother cuddles her baby, or  through caress, or while stroking pets etc. Now, due to the increasing popularity of various touch therapies, we are discovering the healing powers of therapeutic massage. 

      Along with the feel-good factor, research indicates that massage helps in reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, increasing blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxing tensed muscles, increasing endorphins, the body's natural painkillers etc. At the same time, therapeutic massage enhances medical treatment and helps people feel less anxious and stressed.
The Chinese were among the first to recognize the healing powers of massage at around 3000 BC. Physicians mostly of the Greek and Roman era, prescribed it both for its restorative powers and for general preservation of the body and mind. Thus, the art of massage slowly became part of a daily ritual for relaxation. 

Herbalists from various eons have used massage to heal body and soul. Massage became popular throughout Europe, due to the work of Henrik  Ling (1776-1839) during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Ling who was a Swede, traveled to China and mastered their massaging methods. The massaging methods was based on a variety of movements, involving pressure, friction, vibration and rotation. As the techniques of massage spread, medical as well as non-medical professions worldwide began exploring the benefits of massage. Eventually the basis of massage was established.


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