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The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to aid circulation or to relax the muscles; any manual therapy involving pressure applied with the hands; the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing it.
Massage Therapy is one of the oldest health care practices known to history and has been around since time immemorial. The Indians, Chinese, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans are just a few of the ancient civilizations in which massage therapy references go back thousands of years. Hippocrates, the 'Father of Medicine', wrote:
"The physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing."
Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing.
See Bodywork Tantra on Land and in Water, Bodywork: What Type of Massage to Get-And How to Make the Most of It, Chinese Bodywork: A Complete Manual of Chinese Therapeutic Massage, Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies, Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodywork, Massage and Bodywork Resource Guide of North America, Chinese Self-Massage Therapy: The Easy Way to Health, Healing Massage: A Practical Guide to Relaxation and Well-Being, Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, Tappan's Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques: Classic, Holistic, and Emerging Methods, The Complete Book of Shiatsu Therapy, The Healing Art of Sports Massage, The Encyclopedia of Bodywork: From Acupressure to Zone Therapy and Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: 750 Questions & Answers.
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