According to ancient documentation, Egyptian Queen Isis used massage for health and healing.
From October 21-25 we will be celebrating the 16th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW). Every year during NMTAW the massage therapy industry educates the public about the benefits of massage therapy. This year is no different; let’s begin with a history lesson so you can learn more about what massage therapists do.
Massage therapy and body work has been enjoyed by humans since the beginning of time. The earliest written records of massage therapy were discovered in Egypt and China. This was around 3000 and 2500 B.C.
Some of the evdience of how far back massage therapy dates includes:
- Written records on clay slabs from China and Egypt
- Oral information passed from generation to generation in India
- Drawing on tomb walls in early Mesopotamia
Massage therapy throughout history has been used to calm the nerves, heal sore muscles and ailments and beautify the skin. This holds true today as well. Athletes, the geriatric, business people, children and even animals benefit from massage therapy and body work.
Some of the available techniques and treatments include:
- Swedish Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Geriatric Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- Energy Work
- Thai Massage
So remember if you want to feel like Queen Isis, go get a massage!
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Resources cited: The Introduction to Massage Therapy, ED. 2