History of Massage

History of Massage

History of Massage

Massage is considered to be one of the oldest therapies used by ancient kings and mankind as early as 300BC. During the time of Julius Caesar, the ruler was given daily massage to treat neuralgia. Hipprocrates, the father of modern medicine who had learned massage from the Greeks, prescribed the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory ailments. Massage became popular throughout Europe during the 18th and 19th century due to the work of Henrik Ling (1776-1839).

 

He developed a system of massage, now known as “Swedish Massage” by observing the positions and movements of Swedish gymnasts. Today, massage is a widely accepted and effective form of medical therapy and is successfully being used in hospitals, pain clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and drug treatment clinics for people of all ages with a variety of medical conditions.