Massage is thought to be the oldest form of medical therapy practiced on the human body. The different types of massage and the various techniques that encompass them stem from our most celebrated civilizations; ancient Greece, Rome, ancient India and China along with their traditional beliefs.
Dating as far back as 2,700 B.C., ancient Eastern Chinese cultures practiced massage to heal a variety of ailments from labor pain to paralysis. Ancient Egyptian tombs have been discovered adorned with images of figures being massaged. According to traditional Eastern Indian medicine, a system known as Ayurveda, a therapeutic massage was performed using a variety of aromatherapy oils and spices for their healing properties.
Massage therapy is used today for treating a wide range of ages from babies to seniors. It is still used to treat and or assist with various conditions such as premature birth, various types of cancer, AIDS, osteoarthritis, lumbar back pain, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, paralysis, heart attack, and stroke.