Massage therapy is one of the oldest healthcare practices known. Used by the Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians, Persians, and ancient Greeks, the benefits of various types of massage have been documented for centuries.
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding and/or causing movement to parts of the body.
While massage therapy is applied primarily with the hands, sometimes the forearms or elbows are used. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous and other systems of the body.
The basic philosophy of massage therapy embraces the concept of vis medicatrix naturae, which means "aiding the ability of the body to heal itself."
Aromatherapy is a treatment most commonly associated with massage as this uses various kinds of essential oils to further support the benefits of this therapy by enabling targeted aromatic and topical relief. Topical application of these specific oils to various areas of the body brings balance and harmony while fostering a truly holistic wellness experience.
The use of essential oils in massage is a fantastic way to maximize the healing power of the massage itself. When combined with essential oils, a massage can have a powerful calming or energizing effect, depending on the oil chosen and the strokes of the masseuse (quick movements will stimulate, while slow movements relax).