Just like you can’ t fully understand and appreciate a person without knowing their story, you won’t appreciate the value of massage therapy without knowing it’s history. So, follow me as I take you back in time to the origin of massage therapy.
The word massage therapy has Arabic, French, Latin and Greek derivation. It can mean to touch, to knead dough, or to work with the hands. The first record of massage therapy is found in Chinese artifacts and drawings. And, it’s no surprise that Thai massage has Chinese influences. While the Chinese played an important role in massage therapy, I can’t forget about the Egyptians. The Egyptians can be thanked for essentials oils and reflexology. Egyptian drawings also show the king enjoying foot massages.
Fast-forward to today, and the art of massage therapy is still thriving. In the United States, massage is practiced in hospitals, athletics, spas, and hospitals. In China massage therapy is still as popular as in ancient times. Today, there are many different types of massages available that weren’t around 5,000 years ago.
If you’ve ever doubted the healing power of massage therapy, its longevity proves that the practice wasn’t born last night. I wish I could take credit for being the first person to heal someone with my hands, but massage therapy has been around for more than 5000 years.
Every culture and time period has contributed to the development of this practice. Massage therapy has been around for 5,000 years, and I’m positive it will be around for 5,000 more.