What Is Massage Therapy?


What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in ancient medical texts nearly 4,000 years. In fact, Hippocrates, the "father of medicine," referenced massage when he wrote, in the 4th century BC: "The physician must be aware of many things, and assuredly with rubbing."

Nowadays, in addition to "rubbing" massage therapy, often referred to as the body or somatic therapy refers to the use of different techniques of muscle and soft tissue structures of the body which include the wayside application or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other body parts, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal system, lymphatic circulatory, nervous, and other body systems. In fact, massage therapy positively affects the health and well-being of the client: