Origins of massage
Massage is simply one of the oldest treatments used by mankind and has been used as early as 300 BC as a therapy in Far East.
Hippocrates, regarded as the father of modern medicine, recommended that massage using massage oil should be taken daily after a perfumed bath. In Egypt, when archeologist went into the Egyptians tomb, they discovered tomb paintings that showed the images of people being massaged.
Massage was used extensively by great kings to treat their body problems. During the time of Julius Caesar, the ruler was given daily massage to treat neuralgia; an intense pain extending from the neck that he constantly suffered from, and Dr. Ambroise Paré, a physician to 4 French kings, used a great deal of massage in his practice.
Massage in modern times
In the modern era, massage was used during World War 1 to treat patients who suffered from injury or shell shock. In certain hospital, a massage department was established to treat patients. One of the hospitals that decided to do this is St. Thomas Hospital in London that used to have a department of massage until the year 1934.
The popularity of massage rose with the introduction of Swedish massage by Per Henrik Li
ng. A Swedish master, he created this massage in the 19th century based on the practice used in ancient time. A new concept of massage was introduced by George Downing in The Massage Book where he emphasis the overall concept of massage, that a therapist must not only treat a patient’s body but must also assess the patient’s emotion or mind as well.
Massage is all-natural
What is the first thing you do when your neck hurts? Rub some oils ? Definitely no! The first natural thing the body would do is to first massage it, unconsciously. That's how our intelligent body reacts to pain.
Massage is a natural way of healing. Massage is also one of the oldest and well known therapy method used by man. Used as early as 3000 B.C. the healing power of massage has been well documented over the past 5000 years.
The Fitness Clinic offers four types of massage therapies, each targeted at specific requirements.
- Stress Reduction
- Enhanced feeling of well being
- Reduce injury risk
- Improved recovery
- Enhanced performance
Soft Tissue Massage
- Injury-specific therapy
- Focus on treatment and rehabilitation
- Reduce chances of re-injury
Indian Head Massage
- Improve circulation
- Relief from pain & tension
- Scalp stimulation
Massage therapies cary, depending on the type of therapy and the length of sessions. Prices start at £25 for a 30 minute Swedish massage session, rising to £50 for a 90 minute full body Sports massage session!
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