The origins of Massage Therapy
Massage is thought to have originated around 2700BCE. ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine’ is the earliest known text containing details of massage therapy and originates from Ancient China. Throughout history it has been adapted from Ancient Egypt, Rome and India.
The Ancient Greeks also used massage of which there is suggestion that this is closely related to our modern sports massage where their techniques included trying to decrease ‘knots’ within the body through therapeutic rubbing.
Even Hippocrates used friction and rubbing as a form of healing from injuries. He also tried to promote overall wellbeing by suggesting the use of a good diet, physical activity, sleep and music.
Sports massage isn’t just for the sporty! It is a deep form of massage used in the treatment of soft tissue injuries as well as general aches and pains. The treatment can help tissue heal and reduce tension, stress, aches and pains.
During pregnancy the body will go through many changes, including those to our posture and the way we walk and move. This can lead to aches and pains including pelvic girdle pain, lower back and shoulder pain.
During pregnancy and birth, the body will have undergone a lot of changes and stress. New changes to the body including feeding, carrying, baby-wearing, sleeping and pushing prams can all lead to postural changes and in turn aches and pains.