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The Ancient Roots of Massage Therapy

23 Apr 2013

Though there is evidence of it in cultures such as the ancient Greek and Roman, for the most part modern medical practice has its origins in fairly recent developments.  In contrast, massage therapy and other holistic approaches termed as “alternative” medicine, has its roots in antiquity. 

When you examine practices in such diverse ancient cultures from Peru to Egypt, you may be struck by their approach to health care.  For instance, its believed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to use essential oils for health purposes.  Tomb paintings discovered in Egypt show what appears to be therapeutic application of oils as well as indications of the use of reflexology.  Modern-day Peruvian shamans have handed down a verbal tradition of medicinal, therapeutic massage and related bodywork techniques.  This is noteworthy in light of the fact that the ancient Peruvian culture was very nurturing or “mothering.” 

One might ask why this matters.  What is the importance of considering ancient cultural tradition in respect to modern massage?  We just might learn something from civilizations which were advanced enough to build structures that still stand – the construction of which modern science can’t quite explain.  Could it be that these ancient peoples understood something about healing modalities which today’s medical community has overlooked? 

Perhaps the greatest benefit may be to both the therapist and the client – knowing you are participating in therapeutic approaches which date back to antiquity and which have survived the test of time, demonstrating their benefits over and over again.  This knowledge alone can bring confidence and comfort. 

If you are interested in learning more about massage techniques whose roots date back centuries, please contact us.  

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