HISTORY OF MASSAGE
From the earliest days, touch has played a central role as an instrument of healing and a facilitator of concern and compassion.
It is human nature to put an arm around somebody who is upset, or rub the limb of a child who has fallen.
Ancient civilisations including those of Persia, Japan, Egypt and China all have documented evidence of the use of oils and massage for therapeutic benefit.
The Greek physician Hippocrates (known as the 'father of medicine' in the West), the Roman Emperor's physician, Galen (who wrote at least 16 books relating to massage and exercise). While most Eastern cultures have enjoyed a long tradition of massage therapy, in this respect the West suffered a severe setback in the Middle Ages with the influence of the Church.
By far the greatest advancement of therapeutic massage in modern times was made by the Swedish gymnast Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) who established the Institute for the Teaching of Swedish Massage and Medical Gymnastics in Stockholm.
Doctor Mezger of Holland (1830-1901) helped to establish massage finally as a reputable means of treatment and in 1894 a group of women formed the society of trained masseuses, which later became The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Gradually standards were set, rules and regulations established and examination boards set up to examine the now multifaceted practice of massage.
WHAT DOES HOLISTIC MEAN
The word ‘Holistic’ is derived from the Greek term
‘Holos’ which means whole or multi-dimensional (think
of a hologram). It's about treating the body as a
whole: the mind, body and spirit.
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