Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world.
Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes.
Scientific evidence on massage therapy is limited. Scientists are not yet certain what changes occur in the body during massage, whether they influence health, and, if so, how. Massage is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments Massage therapy appears to have few serious risks if it is used appropriately and provided by a trained massage professional.
What Is The History Of Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in writings from ancient China, iran, Japan, India, Arabic nations, Egypt, Greece (Hippocrates defined medicine as "the art of rubbing"), and Rome.
Massage therapy is one of the branches of traditional Iranian medicine. The Iranian physicians have been discussing massage therapy in their writings.
Ibn Sina starts his discussion “six principles of well-being” with sport, because of the importance, it attaches to maintaining health. He points out When waste material from different stages of digestion accumulate in the body, it causes conditions for the onset of infection, maladaptation, swelling, and reduces the body's ability to defeat. He believes that the best way to prevent these complications is to exercise, and believes that if the organs move correctly, at the right time and appropriate to the temperamental temperament, the body will not need medications. Also, he used massage techniques to dispose of waste material that is formed in the muscles and relieves fatigue.
The purpose of Iranian massage is to adjust the body's core heat and help with the disposal of wastes from the body. This massage is divided into five rigid, soft, moderate, multiply, and rough types based on intensity, speed, duration and manner of execution.
It seems that the main difference between Iranian massage and other massage styles is not in the way it is performed, but in particular attention to the particular circumstances of each individual and causes disruption.
Massage became widely used in Europe during the Renaissance. In the 1850s, two American physicians who had studied in Sweden introduced massage therapy in the United States, where it became popular and was promoted for a variety of healtha purposes. With scientific and technological advances in medical treatment during the 1930s and 1940s, massage fell out of favor in the United States. Interest in massage revived in the 1970s, especially among athletes.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is very effective in treating a variety of diseases and can improve your emotional and physical health.
The experience of relaxation after a busy day and getting rid of chronic pain is the result of the regular experience that gives you a great pleasure.
People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.
- Pain: Massage may be useful for chronic low-back pain and may help with chronic neck pain. Massage may help with pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Cancer: Numerous research reviews and clinical studies have suggested that at least for the short term, massage therapy for cancer patients may reduce pain, promote relaxation, and boost mood.
- Mental health: A 2010 meta-analysis of 17 clinical trials concluded that massage therapy may help to reduce depression and also may help older people relax.
- Restoration of sport injuries
- Reducing stress
- Increasing calmness
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Helping the general health
What Is Massage Therapy, And What Are The Types Of Massage?
Therapists usually ask new patients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results.
They may also perform an evaluation through touch, to locate painful or tense areas and determine how much pressure to apply. The duration of massage may be short or one or more hours longer.
Types of massage according to its model, are performed at different points of the body and in different ways. Below are some of the famous massages.
- Swedish Massage Therapy
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Shiatsu Massage
- Thai Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- Sports Massage
- Friction massage
- Therapeutic “touch”
- Craniosacral therapy