The Benefits of Massage Therapy
The earliest use of massage as a therapy dates back to 3000 BC in India. At that time massage was used to relieve pain, prevent and reduce illness, and heal injuries. Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient medicine that encourages the body to heal itself, recognized the merits of massage in healing.This modality then moved to China, and evolved into an element used with yoga and martial arts practices. From there massage moved to the middle east, Egypt in particular, around 2,500 BC. We know this because of the depictions in art on the tombs; the Egyptians added to the modality of massage by the addition of reflexology. Reflexology is the use of pressure points on the feet and the hand to speed up healing. This journey continued and evolved in the Greek and Roman empires over hundreds of years. By the 1800’s Europe and in particular Sweden were experimenting with deep tissue massage and myofascial release.
This brief history illustrates how this ancient way of healing evolved to what we now enjoy today.
The benefits are numerous and best with continuous, regular treatment.
A reduction in stress and increased relaxation
You don’t have to be suffering from an injury to enjoy a massage and its relaxing properties. Massage relaxes tight muscles, releases toxins and induces a state of calmness.
- A reduction in pain and muscle soreness and tension
Should you be suffering from tight hamstrings or tight upper trapezius muscles, massage therapy is a possible solution by gradually working to release the tension in the muscle. Superficial pain and soreness can be improved as can deep tissue knots through targeted pressure.
- An improvement in circulation, immunity, energy and alertness
Circulation is improved, as is immunity, with increased stimulation in the body. Lymph gets moving as does blood. This can result in more energy and a more wakeful state.
- A decrease in heart rate and blood pressure
Massage can be helpful with the following conditions and injuries:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Low back pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Upper back and neck pain
The Introduction of Massage Accessories-Massage Evolves!
In addition to tactile massage, a number of products have evolved over recent years to enhance massage in-person visits. From foam rollers and massaging sticks, to head massage tinglers and handheld massage guns, there are many options to choose from for home treatments. Massage guns are among the best fitness recovery tools, allowing for immediate and constant treatment from the comforts of your own home. Bang products in particular offer a setting which allows it to be a percussion massager which allows for deeper release of tight tissues. Massage guns have gained much interest and attention from physiotherapists and massage therapists treating athletes needing quicker recovery times.
Whether you’re an elite athlete, or a fitness enthusiast, a deep tissue massager is a necessity to aid in muscle recovery and to prevent further injury. See our site for the best options for you!