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    Post by ManOfPeace on September 12th 2012, 11:04 am

    Definition: Systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body by:
    * Rubbing
    * Kneading
    * Pressing
    * Rolling
    * Slapping
    * Tapping

    Massage is used therapeutically for such purposes as:
    * promoting circulation of the blood and lymph
    * relaxation of the muscles and relief from pain
    * restoration of metabolic balance
    * other physical and mental benefits

    Origin of the word "Massage"
    * Greek- masso or massein
    * Latin- massa
    ->means to touch, handle, knead, or squeeze
    * Arabic- mass'h
    * Sanskrit- makeh
    ->means to press softly

    Modern word "Massage" and strokes names, efflourage, petrissage and tapotement from Dutchman, Johann Georg Mezger

    Fast Facts about Massage
    * It is one of earliest remedial practices known to man.
    * most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort.
    * Practiced in nearly all ancient cultures.
    * Practiced, developed and taught primarily by physicians.
    * Written about extensively in medical books since 500 B.C.
    * Used by Chinese starting around 3000 B.C.
    * Discovered by Japanese around 6th century A.D.
    * It is found in Hindu books around 1800 B.C.
    * Used by Greeks well before 300 B.C.
    * Declined severely during Dark Ages (along with the Bible), but revived in Renaissance era.
    * Has fluctuated in popularity through time until now.

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