Fun Massage Facts

Posted at 7:00 pm on 12/31/1969 by Carmen Suarez
I've created Massage Fun Facts because I wanted to share interesting information that I have found. I'm going to start with an article that I read in Massage Today Magazine. Many of you may know already the info that I will post but it is always fun to remember things again. The article is titled "What Is Massage Therapy?"
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine," referenced massage when he wrote, in the 4 century B.C.: "The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing."
Now days, in addition to "rubbing," massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client:
Physical and Mental Benefits
  relaxes the whole body
  loosens tight muscles
  relieves tired and aching muscles
  increases flexibility and range of motion
  diminishes chronic pain
  calms the nervous system
  lowers blood pressure
  lowers heart rate
  enhances skin tone
  assists in recovery from injuries and illness
  strengthens the immune system
  reduces tension headaches
  reduces mental stress
  improves concentration
  promotes restful sleep
  aids in mental relaxation

Currently, there are well over 100,000 massage therapists practicing in the United States alone. As of March 2004, 33 states and the District of Columbia have official massage licensing regulations, and other states are pending.

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