Back in the day, massage therapy was the ultimate Swiss Army Knife of healing.
You got an injury? Massage therapy! ✅
Need pain relief? Massage therapy! ✅
Seeking to prevent and/or cure illnesses? Massage therapy! ✅
It was all about restoring the body’s natural balance and promoting good ol’ fashioned healing vibes. 💫
The renowned Greek physician Hippocrates, often referred to as the “father of medicine,” used massage techniques to treat physical injuries and emphasized the importance of massage in conjunction with proper diet, exercise, fresh air, and music for restoring health. Can you imagine? A symphony of massage bliss! 🎵🦄🎶
🏋️♂️🏆 Even Greek athletes knew the power of a good massage. They used it to condition their bodies before competitions. Greek physicians had the right idea too: they used herbs, oils, and massages to treat various medical conditions. I call that “treat yo’ self medicine“! 💆♀️💧
Roman physicians used massage to treat injuries/illness, popularizing it at their gymnasiums and community baths. In 1800s, Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling developed Swedish massage to relieve chronic pain. Another doctor, Dutchman Johan Georg Mezger, added techniques like effleurage, petrissage, tapotement and friction which are still used today.
America hopped on the massage train too. Masseur and masseuse became popular terms, later replaced by the title Massage Therapist for those having graduated from accredited professional programs in which they studied anatomy, physiology, and movement perceptions. 📚🤓 The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) laid down the law when it came to ethics and education. 💼📜
From the 1970s to the 2000s, massage therapy experienced a transformation as there was renewed interest in holistic approaches to health care, pain management, and overall well-being. Today, massage therapy is recognized as a legitimate and respectable form of medicine, and many people consider it to be a beneficial component of a healthy lifestyle.
Fast-forward to 2011: Healing Hands was established, and the world of massage again changed for the better! 🏆 …Just kidding (sort of!). Book with us and see why we’re the top-rated provider of massage therapy in the City of Miami. See you soon!