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Definition and History of Massage

The most ancient of healing arts

No one knows when massage was first practised, but over the past 50 years it has become a popular treatment for aches and pains and those who have regular massages proclaim to be one of the best forms of preventative medicine.

This page presents a simple summary of massage including its history, common use and some of the different types of massage that are also described in more detail on this site.

History:

Massage is an instinctive human response that when we bump ourselves that we rub it and the ‘ouch’ soon goes away. This basic instinct has been slowly developed over the countless generations into a sophisticated healing art and science.

Professional therapeutic

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Home Massage Guide 02

Starting your massage on the back

1. A nice position for doing back massage. But make sure you are not too heavy or crushing the persons knees.

Please ensure you have read the Theory, Health & Safety information then you can begin to massage at almost any place on the body, however we begin on the back as people are generally more comfortable having their back touched.

Look to spend about 20 minutes here and repeat each technique three times. This massage then flows down the legs, treats the feet, front legs, front torso and the head which is a lovely relaxing place to end.

Preparation

Prepare; clean and warm the room. Your space should be comfortable for

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Home Massage Guide 01

Introductory massage guide Massage on the floor or bed

Even when dealing with a sore back or neck, take off your shoes and get comfortable. Massage is supposed to be a nice experience for the giver as well as the receiver.

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Massage can be done almost anywhere at any time, and a massage table is not necessary when learning. The golden rules for massage are to be kind and cause no

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Easy Foot Massage

Massage the feet but please don’t tickle

Unless they are particularly ticklish most people enjoy having their feet massaged and this can also be an important component of a full body treatment. When they are ticklish, keep your strokes firmer and more deliberately non tickley.

It is generally thought that there are nerve endings in the feet relating to the entire body so a foot massage can be as therapeutic as a full body massage, sometimes more so. Remember that the whole point of massage is to have the person relax completely and it’s not uncommon for people to go to sleep. If they do, complete the treatment.

Generally you do not need oil to massage the feet if you

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Head and Face Massage

A genuine Indian head massage

There’s nothing else so good as a complete head and face massage. It smooths out not only those wrinkles and make the recipient look younger, it’s deeply relaxing and recipients often fall asleep,

Warning – do not get oil in in the eyes, and without training, it’s best to totally avoid touching the eyes. Normally when you have massaged other parts of the body the residue of oil on your hands is sufficient for the face as facial skin is naturally more oily than the rest of the body and adding oil can leave the face feeling greasy and unpleasant.

Even with the thought of only doing a facial massage, the treatment is far more

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Self Massage

A dimension in self awareness and care

Just like our mind can affect our body, our body can affect our mind. Often times, anxiety and tension will build up in our bodies, making it even harder to get rid of.

What massage does, among other things, is to bring attention to your muscles so you can relax them most effectively. Ideally it’s great to be massaged by someone else, but its also something you can do regularly to help relax and feel better about yourself.

Tips

You don’t need to be an expert, just do what you like in the way of stroking and rubbing over your skin. You can do your head, neck and face without oil, but some

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The History of Massage

With a little rubbing, the ouch soon goes away

1883 Portrait courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Massage is an instinctive human response that when we bump ourselves, we rub the sore spot and the ‘ouch’ soon goes away. This basic instinct has been slowly developed over the countless generations into a sophisticated healing art and science in some form in over most of the World.

Egypt had a well developed social structure 5,500 years ago and people may have used massage then. Imhotep, the physician and architect recorded his knowledge of aromatic oils or unguents made by mixing aromatic plants, resins and gums with oils or fats.

The use of massage in India goes back

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Massage Styles

Massage methods from around the world

Starting a massage

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body and a broader definition may include the manipulation of a person’s energy. However the manipulation of the joints is confined to osteopathy and chiropractic.

Massage is a universal treatment yet around the world people have different approaches because they have different understandings of the human body and how it works.

Massage is also instinctive because when we hurt, we rub the hurt area and we feel better. So every country has it’s own massage style and popular styles have spread around the world to be offered by gifted friends and amateurs, or by trained professionals.

Acupressure massage Acupressure

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Baby Massage

A formula for happy babies

Baby massage has long been a part of the Ayurvedic tradition of India and today its usefulness is catching on in the west. Mothers are discovering that by rubbing their children from birth keeps them more contented, better socialised and less inclined to act up.

When babies are unusually or unreasonably temperamental, when they cry for no apparent reason or they wake up crying, it’s hard to know exactly what’s wrong with them. It could be colic, it could be wind or a whole host of other things.

But the improved mother baby bonding that is achieved through regular massage can give mothers a deeper perception into their child’s condition and the massage also

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A History of Lomi Lomi

An ancient art for modern times

The Lomi Lomi style of holistic bodywork is often referred to as ‘the Rolls Royce of massage’ that’s best known for the deeply relaxing long strokes that sweep the body from tip to toe, over and under, massaging two areas simultaneously and fully engaging the senses so that stress evaporates. As well as being deeply healing, this massage style can also be a divine or transcendental experience.

While Lomi Lomi or Kahuna style massage is thought of as having its roots in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, it’s actual beginnings were likely bought from India as Hindu’s have been sailing the Pacific for thousands of years. This massage has many modern counterparts; in the

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