Massage was once considered an "alternative" approach to healing and was shunned
by the modern scientific medical establishment which only recognised
physiotherapy. Society has come far and massage is now part of main stream
medicine whereby medical doctors will refer patients to massage therapists and
some medical centres have massage therapists as a part of a clinical practice.
Rubbing the body
is an instinctive response that when we itch we scratch and when it hurts a
little, we rub it better.
Massage is the world’s original healing art which is defined as the manipulation
of the soft tissues of the body. Within Swedish massage, Ayurveda and holistic
bodywork, all the techniques of performing actions on the musculature have been
named although within Swedish massage the approach is technical and limited
whereas within ayurveda and holistic bodywork, the approach is more artistic
with a wider range of techniques.
Swedish massage can be used to treat anyone part of the body without any
reference to the person and it has two primary purposes, therapy and relaxation
although in practice those two purposes overlap because any action which is
therapeutic is also relaxing and any action which is relaxing is also
therapeutic. This form of massage is highly politicised and classified as
therapeutic, remedial, deep tissue or sports massage.
Within ayurveda and holistic bodywork, massage is more about balancing the
musculature or soft tissues and the energy body. In other words it is about
treating the whole person without regard to treating any of the parts. The
actual tactile or touch techniques such as effluerage and petrissage are the
same although in Sanskrit the words are different. Ayurvedic massage and
holistic bodywork are more wholesome and doe not have the political overtones of
Holistic bodywork can be seen as an ayurvedic massage. The person to be
massaged is seen as a composite of body mind and spirit, therefore as in
ayurveda the entire body is treated.
The most basic level training that one receives when doing the
introductory massage and my home business courses at this school, the
massage taught is holistic however unless the students themselves are
holistic within themselves, they will never grow beyond performing Swedish
Like yoga, the origins of massage are lost in
ancient history. Massage is a practice within Ayurveda and Chinese medicines
which are the oldest healing systems witch have records dating back some 3000
Today there are over 400 recognised massage styles of which Swedish massage,
Ayurvedic massage and Shiatsu are perhaps the most recognised systems and
massage has become a popular profession around the world.
Massage is something anyone can learn,
it is instinctive within us and simply a matter of practice with guidance to
become a competent therapist.
Massage training is available in most countries where individuals and groups can
take courses from brief introductions to university degrees.