Chris offers massage therapy services at our Fort Walton Beach, FL location, and specializes in:
Megan offers massage therapy services at our Fort Walton Beach, FL location, and specializes in:
- Massage Therapy: 30 minutes
- Massage Therapy: 60 minutes
- Massage Therapy: 90 minutes
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Cupping Therapy
- Constitutional Hydrotherapy
- Infrared Sauna
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) designed to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods. People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons: to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.
Massage techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. The basic philosophy of massage therapy embraces the concept of vis Medicatrix naturae , which means "the body's ability to heal itself." Touch is the fundamental medium of massage therapy.
Massage therapy dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in it’s medical benefits. The first written records of massage therapy are found in China and Egypt.
2700 BCE: The first known Chinese text is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.” This book was first published in English in 1949, but has become a staple in massage therapy training and is also often used as a textbook for teaching many other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture, acupressure and herbology.
2500 BCE: Egyptian tomb paintings show that massage therapy was also a part of their medical tradition. Egyptians get the credit for pioneering reflexology. Their studies and traditions greatly influenced other cultures such as the Greeks and Romans.
1500 and 500 BCE: The first known written massage therapy traditions come from India, but practice may have actually originated around 3000 BCE or earlier. Hindus used the art of healing touch in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, translates to “life health” or “life science.” It is regarded as the basis of holistic medicine, combining meditation, relaxation and aromatherapy.
Early 1800s: It was from this early massage therapy history that the Swedish doctor, gymnast and educator Per Henril Ling developed a method of movement known as the “Swedish Movement System.” This is regarded as the foundation for Swedish massage most commonly used in the West today. Although the “Swedish Movement System” was developed by Ling, it was Dutchman Johan Georg Mezger who defined the basic hand strokes of Swedish massage.
Today the most common types of massage practiced in the western hemisphere are Swedish massage and the Japanese massage practice of Shiatsu.
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