Massage has a time-honored history in medicine with its oryginal connections to ancient Greece. Hippocrates, the founding father of natural medicine had a high regard for massage, and considered it to be one of the arts. Then Swede; Pehr Heinrick Ling was named the father of modern massage, It was his work with athletes, gymnasts, that led to his development and research of soft tissues technique that are known in today medicine as Swedish Massage.
Science discovers more about the human body and many studies have documented the benefits of massage therapy for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, muscles spasm, various soft tissue dysfunctions, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional and mental stress. The massage therapy profession has a greater appreciation as more people realize regular massage therapy treatments is imperative in their recovery of emotional, mental wellbeing.
I believe the growing exchange of reserach information will enrich the medical knowledge of therapeutic massage work. The preventative medicine, modalities such as massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, osteopathy, nutrition, exercise and yoga will no longer be only regard as preventative practices, but play a significant role in every person’s wellbeing and health practices. I have seen the massage profession changing and becoming more substantial and requiring higher education not only in technical skills development but in strong knowledge of pathology, neurology, medications, records keeping, communication skills, therapeutic touch, and professional ethics.