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       In the world today, everyday stress and anxiety is a monster we must all learn to battle,

and for many people, especially professionals working in stressful environments, western

medication, which usually only alleviates the symptoms of stress and anxiety, is simply not a

viable or even effective option. As the world realizes the importance of a healthy body and

natural healing without dependence on medicine, many people have turned to the ancient art of

massage therapy in order to relieve both mental and physical stress and stay healthy and fit. The

Uses and benefits of massage include a wide scope of physiotherapy treatments and in some

cases psychological healing as well.


                                       Historic connotation


       The word ‘massage’ itself has interesting connotations with the history of massage

practices amongst all great of civilizations of the world and comes from either the French

‘massage’ meaning ‘friction of kneading’ (ii), from Arabic (or Latin) ‘massa’ meaning ‘to touch,

feel or handle’ (or ‘mass’/‘dough’ in Latin) (iii). In other cultures, the ancient Greek word for

massage was ‘anatripsis’ (and the Latin ‘frictio’) while an older etymology may even have been

a Hebrew phrase ‘me-sakj’ meaning ’to anoint with oil’ (iv).


       Writings that describe or mention the art of massage and massage training have been

found in many cultures throughout history, as old as biblical references dating back to circa

500BC (v) and in later writings of the great ancient physician Hippocrates, who describes it as a

required knowledge for a physician (vii), while mention as old as 2700BC has also been made in

ancient Chinese book ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’ (viii). Many medical
procedures have been practiced for centuries in Southeast Asia involving massage treatment;

including abortions and detoxification procedures.


                                    The Massage technique


       The art of massage generally involves the practice of manipulating soft tissue using

physical force. This can be achieved by the application of pressure, applied through tension,

motion or even vibration; a practicing massust uses the structure and principles specific to the

form of massage therapy being practiced, and this structure also depends upon the specific goals

of the massage therapy. The pressure required on the tissues is applied through the palms,

fingers, elbows, forearm, feet or other medical aids while the tissues targeted with massage

therapy include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue including

lymphatic vessels and organs of the gastrointestinal system (ix).


                                 The modern Massage Practice


       The modern Massage practice is seen as an alternative to medication, and recognized for

its benefits by opinion leaders in modern medicine all over the world. Going even further,

modern practitioners of medicine and physiotherapy have used massage therapy on a regular

basis to treat virtually any medical condition including chronic problems such as fibromyalgia,

spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis while many researchers and doctors recommend massage

therapy as a means of controlling the heart rate and blood pressure as well as blood and

lymphatic circulation (x).


       The varying forms of massage therapy provide an alternative and very successful

treatment plan to aid or even lead therapy and recovery for almost any ailment from sporting
injuries to chronic diseases. There are currently 26 major massage techniques in use all over the

world today, and schoolsgalore.com provides you with an open book environment in which to

explore the major accredited massage therapy courses available in the US and Canada through its

portal. Please make use of the schoolsgalore.com directory of schools and courses offering

accredited massage therapy training and right course for yourself to learn, may it be for

professional purposes or simply to heal your loved ones in a very meaningful and personal way.


   (i)     This Article wishes to acknowledge helpful information and links from

           Wikipedia.com

   (ii)    Online Etymology Dictionary definition.

   (iii)   Merriam Webster Online Dictionary definition.

   (iv)    Author: Calvert, R. (2002-04-01). "The History of Massage: An Illustrated Survey

           from Around the World". Healing Arts Press.

   (v)     In the Biblical mention of the wives of Xerxes (Esther, 2:9-12).

   (vi)    Saying: "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in

           rubbing."

   (vii)   The ancient Chinese book called Huangdi Neijing; written by the Yellow Emperor

           recommended "massage of skin and flesh: According to the massage facts page of the

           National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork website:

           http://www.ncbtmb.org/consumers_massage_facts.php

   (viii) Wikipedia.com

   (ix)    Forbes ‘Massage Facts’. National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage &

           Bodywork:             http://www.forbes.com/health/2006/02/28/massage-trends-pain-

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