The origins of massage therapy
The earliest known form of massage is associated with Ancient China, where healers used pressure techniques similar to those practiced in modern Shiastu and Acupuncture. Around 2700 BCE the first known Chinese text for massage ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine’ was published – this is now considered a staple in modern massage therapy training, having been translated into English in 1949. And throughout Ancient History mankind has practiced a form of massage. The Ancient Egyptians pioneered Reflexology, Hindus from India used the art of healing touch in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine and Ancient tomb paintings depicted massage therapy as part of medical tradition. For a very long time and at its most basic form, massage has been used as a simple way to ease pain and calm the mind!
What is a massage?
Massage is a general term for manipulation, rubbing and pressing the muscles, skin, tendons and ligaments – a hands on technique. This is usually applied to the back, neck and shoulders but can include arms, hands, legs, feet and head. Massage can range from light touch to deep pressure. There are over 80 types of massage, the most common being –
Swedish massage – a gentle form of massage using long movements, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping.
Deep massage – a technique which uses slower and more forceful movements to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly used to comfort muscle damage from injuries.
Sports massage – a similar technique to Swedish massage but aimed towards individuals involved in sport activities to help treat or prevent injuries.
The many benefits of massage
It is widely known that a massage can relieve body tension, increase circulation, reduce stress, improve sleep and promote relaxation. There is even scientific proof! Studies have shown that when we are stressed our body releases unhealthy levels of cortisol which can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, headaches and muscle pain. Massage as a form of therapy, enables the body to enter recovery mode. A consistent massage program can also reduce systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure, which can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure, as well as other health issues. Massage is also a perfect treatment to help your brain and to ease issues connected to the symptoms of depression and anxiety – with skin to skin contact releasing hormones which create a feeling of emotional connection and safety. It can also be combined with Aromatherapy – introducing essential oils such as Lavender (for relaxation), Clary Sage (for peace and confidence), Roman Chamomile (for reducing anxiety) and Bergamot (for increasing energy and joy). Using massage as a holistic therapy can increase your wellbeing and health, creating and strengthening the connection with your body that we so often lose from having a hectic and busy lifestyle. We can forget to look out for ourselves and to be in tune with our bodies and it’s needs!
Relax at Pampers
We have a wide range of relaxing massage treatments from a Total Indulgence appointment for 90 minutes – including a full body and scalp massage, to a quick pick me up of an Indian Head massage for 25 minutes – to help ease tension and stress by stimulating circulation. You can also choose from a traditional approach to massage with the Swedish technique or try a Hot Stone massage where our specially trained therapists will use smooth heated stones as an extension of their own hands!
You can book these treatments online using our online booking system or call us to discuss the best treatment for your needs. We hope to see you soon to give you the relaxation you deserve.