History of Massage Therapy
Massage can be dated back to the colonial times and 17th century of ancient Greek where “rubbers” were hired to help surgeons post-op. Even back in the early 1900s, medical gymnasts, came to America using manual manipulation and movement to treat illness, injuries, prevent disease, and promote health. To really understand the effects, it is believed that massage requires unity of the person; mind, body, and spirit.
Massage includes a variety of modalities that include but are not limited to friction, tapotement, effleurage, petrissage, and vibration.