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History of Massage
The history of massage therapy can be traced back over 5000 years In ancient countries oils and herbs were used to massage muscle pain away. It is considered one of the earliest forms of pain relief, as well as a way to produce a sense of peace and well-being.
Massage has been highly regarded as a part of Chinese medicine in the Western medical community for at least 3000 years.
In it's earliest days, it was taught and practiced primarily by physicians.
In some of the oldest Chinese medical books, it's one of the topics that is covered most extensively.
Before, During and After Massage
Before your Massage
-Shower before your massage
-Drink plenty of water
-Wear as little make-up and jewelry as possible
-Ask to use the facilities if not offered
-Turn your phone on vibrate
-Discuss with me what you wish to achieve from your massage
-Fill out a consent form and pain diagram
During your Massage
-Enjoy your massage
areas are sore and where
you want a bit more attention
-Communicate likes and
of pressure being applied
After your Massage
-Thank your therapist
-Schedule your next
-Ask to use the facilities if
-Drink plenty of water
during the day
-Enjoy the benefits of your
Americans’ Reasons for Getting Massages Are Changing
Instead of seeking massage therapy solely for relaxation and pampering purposes, individuals are turning to massage therapy to assist with medical conditions.
• As few as 31 percent of individuals believe massage therapy is only a form of pampering.
• In the past 12 months, 19 percent of respondents received a massage at a spa compared to 23 percent in 2011. This decline, and the presence of chiropractor’s offices, health clubs and physician’s offices/medical clinics on the list of locations where people receive massage, indicates consumers identify massage as an important component of overall health and wellness.
• 50 percent of people have received a massage for one or more of the following reasons: soreness, stiffness or spasms, to relieve or manage stress, for prevention or to improve quality of life, injury recovery or rehabilitation, to keep fit or healthy/maintain wellness, or to control headaches or migraines.
• 44 percent of respondents indicated that medical benefits would be their primary motivation for having a massage. A lower number of respondents said relaxation/stress reduction or pampering would be their motivation to receive a massage; 35 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
Health Care Providers Recommending Massage as a Viable Form of Treatment
Health care providers and doctors are more commonly viewing massage therapy as a legitimate option to address health concerns.
• 50 percent of respondents indicated that they were encouraged by their doctor to receive a massage.
• 61 percent of respondents said their physician has recommended they get a massage.