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Massage Therapy

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Massage Therapy Program

Massage helps clients relax and detox. Our massage therapy program, available for an extra fee, encompasses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the body’s muscles and other soft tissues. They often use their hands and fingers but may use their forearms and elbows.

Ancient Art of Health, Healing, and Wellness

Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in writings from ancient China, Japan, India, Arabic nations, Egypt, Greece (Hippocrates defined medicine as “the art of rubbing”), and Rome. 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 health purposes. With scientific and technological advances in clinical 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.


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Defining Massage Therapy

professional masseur doing massage of female backTypically, the patient lies on a table in loose-fitting clothing. The therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin. Sometimes, people receive massage therapy while sitting in a chair. A massage session may be fairly brief but may also last an hour or longer. Massage therapists work in various settings, including private offices, hospitals, nursing homes, studios, and sports and fitness facilities. Some also travel to patients’ homes or workplaces. They usually try to provide a calm, soothing environment. Therapists ask new patients about symptoms, clinical history, and desired results. They may also evaluate touch to locate painful or tense areas and determine how much pressure to apply.

Massage Therapy History

Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world. Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for various health-related purposes. Massage therapy is often considered part of complementary and alternative medicine in the United States. A group of diverse clinical and health care systems, practices, and products is presently considered part of alternative medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine, although it does have some traditional uses.


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