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What Is Massage Therapy?


Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Its vital role in healthcare and rehabilitation was universal. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh". More than two thousand years later, Hippocrates - the father of modern medicine - wrote that "the physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing" (the ancient Greek word for massage).
 
Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue - muscles, skin and or tendons - by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet. Bodywork is a general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing. 

Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past 12 months. And the number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage - for relaxation, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.

Source: National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
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