You feel excited about going to your massage appointment. When having a solid massage, you let someone rub, knead and hit you. Oh! It hurts. But why does it feel good? Why are you interested about it? Before meeting with a masseur, consider reading these fun facts about massage and be entertained.
1. Massage history dates back thousands of years ago
To ancient cultures that believed in its health care service. Its first written records are found in China and Egypt. Dated way back in 2700 BCE, the first known Chinese text was called “the yellow emperor’s classic book of internal medicine.” Also, you can even see it on the walls of Egyptian tombs. Given the time when it was first practiced, it is no wonder why massage is mentioned all over the course of history.
2. Massage first adopted its modern meaning in 1866.
The ancient Greek term for massage was rubbing. Its earliest known meaning in the 1450s, was “the action of saying Mass”. The words “masseur” and “masseuse” followed in 1876 and 1879 respectively.
3. The roots of modern, scientific massage therapy are accounted to Per Henrik Ling.
He from Sweden, who developed an integrated system consisting of passive and active exercises. In 1813, he established the Royal Central Gymnastic Institute in Sweden to teach his methods.
4. Massage therapy plays an important role for athletes.
It was first televised at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angles. At the 1996 Olympics, it officially served as a core medical service for athletes in Atlanta.
5. You can actually have a massage in your convenient time and place.
Practically, it can be performed on a table, a chair, a couch, a bed, or a bench. Also, you can experience a solid rubdown with or without oils or lotions.
6. In Korea, only blind or visually impaired person can be a masseur.
Perhaps, the sense of touch is being used to perform the massage effectively. To think, there are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin; 3000 receptors are located in a fingertip.
7. Massage may help you live long.
A 60-minute massage have the same effect with 7 to 8 hours of good sleep, in which your body gets instantly relaxed and the stress level is reduced. Perhaps, this is the reason why Bob Hope, who had a daily massage treatment as part of his health regimen, lived for 100 years.
8. Touch is the first thing you’ll feel and the last to fade away.
Our skin cells send nerve signals from skin to brain while you are having a good time with massage. Muscle nerve impulse travels at the speed of 390 feet per second, allowing us to feel everything in an instant.
9. The basic philosophy of massage therapy is based on the concept of vis Medicatrixnaturae.
This aids in helping the ability of the body to heal itself and aims in improving health and well-being.
10. There are a lot of massage techniques.
More than 80 different types of massage treatments with emphasis on different body parts and type of treatment are available. The most common is the whole-body therapeutic massage designed to relax the muscles and joints, called Swedish massage. Other popular types include deep tissue, shiatsu, hot stone, reflexology, and Thai massage.