The art of massage has been traced back to about 2000 B.C. Hippocrates (460-377 B.C. ), the "father of modern medicine", advocated the use of massage. Julius Caesar had daily massage treatments. Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Roman cultures all developed and promoted massage as an important component of health care. Massage in the western cultures was almost lost until it was revived in the 16th century by Ambrose Pare (1517 - 1590). The development of Swedish massage is credited to Peter Henrik Ling (1776-1839), a Swedish professor. Modern massage terminology is credited to Dr. Johann Mezger (1839 - 1909), a Dutch doctor known as the founder of scientific massage.
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues in the body. Massage increases body awareness and leads to improved health and well being. It works to relieve pain in a variety of ways: promoting relaxation, increasing lympathic circulation and thus decreasing inflammation, breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, promoting blood flow through the muscles, and increasing drainage of waste products.
Massage Therapy is effective in the treatment of: headaches/migraines, back and neck pain, sprain/strain/muscle spasm and pain, athletic injury, tendonitis, sciatica, whiplash, TMJ, stress, discomforts of pregnancy, circulation and joint mobility.