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Massage Therapy

Of all form of remedial therapy, massage is the oldest. Massage was first practiced in China, over 5000 years ago, and was well known to the physicians of ancient Greece when Hippocrates, the "father of medicine," wrote in the 5th century B.C., that "the way to health is a scented bath and an oiled massage every day."

Most people are familiar with Swedish massage, as developed by Per Henrik Link, a Swede who visited China during the 19th century. However, there are many types of massage.

Shiatsu
This is a form of pressure-point massage and has been practiced for centuries in Japan. It is based on the principles of the Chinese discipline of acupuncture.

Therapeutic Massage
This form of massage is widely used in both conventional and alternative medicine for the relief of pain or physical discomfort. Therapeutic Massage consists mostly of soothing strokes and rubbing.

Reflexology
This is a specialized massage for the hands and feet.

Sports Massage
This form of massage consists of deep tissue massage, for easing stiff joints, relaxing tense muscles.


Massage Therapy Publications

Body Sense Magazine
www.bodysensemagazine.com

Massage and Bodywork Magazine
www.massageandbodywork.com

Massage Magazine
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