Day: December 3, 2010

The Practice of Massage is How Old? Try 3000 BCE!

Massage could very well be one of the oldest and most simple forms of health care. The Egyptians were doing it, the ancient East Indians were doing it and so were the Chinese. It was and still is a staple in Eastern cultures.

Egyptians painted pictures in the tombs of many that show massage was a part of there wellness routine. They have also been accredited for developing reflexology around the time of 2500 BCE. Their findings would later influence the cradle of Western medicine- the Greeks and Romans.

The Chinese writings from 2700 BCE, “The yellow Emperor’s inner cannon” written by Huang Di, recommends “breathing exercises, massage of the skin and flesh, and exercises of the hands and feet” as a treatment for many ailments. These writings form the basis for Chinese medicine.

Greek and Roman physicians also used massage for relieving pain, in fact- Julius Caesar even received a massage everyday as a treatment for neuralgia. The father of Western medicine wrote in the 5th century BCE, “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing …for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is to rigid.”

In Ayurveda; the medical system of India, which dates back to the times of the Vedas about 1500-1000 BCE there is a great there is great emphasis placed on massage and the application of medicated oils. Some believe that the practice of massage came much earlier about 3000 BCE, as the Vedic culture was an oral tradition for thousands of years prior.

What we know of massage today was ushered around the early 1800’s by a Swedish doctor named Per Henril Ling. He developed the Swedish movement system that was the underpinnings for Swedish massage- the most commonly used massage style today.

Now that you have a bit more history about where massage came from, why don’t you come and get one! After all, if Bob Hope had one everyday it can’t be all that bad!